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St. Francis School raises $64,870 through raffle

Students of St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School thank the community of Brainerd and friends and family for their support in raising $64,870 for their school during the Catholic Schools Raffle, every cent of which will stay in their hands.

Students of St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School thank the community of Brainerd and friends and family for their support in raising $64,870 for their school during the Catholic Schools Raffle, every cent of which will stay in their hands.

Students, staff and supporters of St. Francis of the Lakes joined 86 other schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to add $1,019,695 to their collective coffers through six weeks of $5 ticket sales and donations.

"This program can do so much for our schools," Catholic United President Harald Borrmann said. "Not only can we open doors with new technology and tools in the classroom, in some cases we can literally keep doors open. For a group that cares as much about Catholic schools as we do, I can't tell you how rewarding that is for all of us."

Catholic United Financial covers all of the Catholic Schools Raffle's costs, so that every participating school can keep 100 percent of the proceeds from their ticket sales. Catholic United also provides incentives for the top ticket seller and classroom at each school, and the top schools among the whole field.

Based on tickets sold per student, three schools will receive a $3,000 technology grant in addition to their raffle earnings, top classes win a pizza party and the top seller will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

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Because they pay no overhead to participate, all $64,870 that St. Francis of the Lakes raised can be used for any need the school faces.

During the March 19 grand prize drawing, winners of almost $45,000 in prizes, including a new car (or $25,000) and a $5,000 vacation package were drawn from among nearly 200,000 tickets purchased during the six-week raffle. The event was broadcast live on the web and hosted by "WCCO This Morning" anchor Jason DeRusha.

The annual Catholic Schools Raffle and Catholic United Financial have raised more than $4 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota and the Dakotas since 2009, and will seek to achieve a third consecutive million-dollar year in 2016. Video, photos and a list of prize winners and results will be available at www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle .

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