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Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary raises nearly $16,000 with Catholic Schools Raffle

Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic School recently participated in Catholic United Financial's annual Catholic Schools Raffle, raising just under $16,000.

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Holy Rosary School in Detroit Lakes recently raised just under $16,000 through its participation in the annual Catholic Schools Raffle organized by Catholic Aid Financial. A total of 87 schools raised a little over $1.4 million through the fundraising program, which concluded on Thursday, March 10 with the actual raffle drawing. Prizes totaling more than $45,000 were distributed, including a brand-new Ford Escape SUV.
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Teachers, staff and the surrounding community of Detroit Lakes united with students and their families to raise an outstanding total of $15,915 for Holy Rosary Catholic School through its annual Catholic Schools Raffle.

From Jan. 14 to Feb. 27, students at Holy Rosary sold $5 raffle tickets for the fundraising program, provided free of charge by sponsor Catholic United Financial since 2009.

“Since we started this Raffle in 2009, over $12.6 million has been raised for participating Catholic schools,” said Mike Ahles, president of Catholic United Financial. "We are incredibly proud that 100 percent of the total money raised has gone directly to the students, parents, faculty and administrators who have helped make this program such an unqualified success."

Holy Rosary School is one of 86 schools in Minnesota and South Dakota that were involved in the 2022 program. Before that January start date, school leadership set an ambitious fundraising goal. Catholic United Financial provided all promotional materials, raffle tickets and prizes for the program at no cost. As the tickets were sold and money came in, families and staff counted their total. They were excited knowing that they keep every dollar their school raised.

On Thursday, March 10, the Raffle officially concluded with a prize drawing ceremony that was broadcast live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at over $45,000, included a new 2022 Ford Escape SUV, a dream vacation, Traeger Grill and grill set, smart TVs and more.


Catholic United also rewarded the hard work of the top selling student at Holy Rosary School with a Baby Yoda LEGO set prize and the chance at $500. Holy Rosary School contributed nearly $16,000 to the organization's grand total of $1,419,287 raised for Catholic education.

Funds raised by participating schools like Holy Rosary are used to enhance school programs and facilities, including funding field trips, building playgrounds, supplementing tuition costs and providing new education technology.

For more information, including a complete list of prize winners and participating schools, visit catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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