Million dollar fundraiser returns to Catholic Schools in January

by Catholic United Financial

The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to select schools in the Diocese of Fargo, giving you the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while raising piles of money for Catholic schools.

Starting January 11, 368 students in the diocese will join other students across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2019 Chevy TRAX (or $20,000 in cash), or other great prizes totaling $40,000 in value. Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at the school thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the Raffle resulting in 100% profit for the schools.

“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 140 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or more proud to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” explained Catholic United President Harald Borrmann. “Keeping all the monies raised with the schools is something unique which ultimately, so greatly benefits the children and their teachers.”

Now in its tenth year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised $105,755 in the Diocese of Fargo alone. Participating diocesan schools hope to add $27,500 to that total this year. Money raised from the Raffle allows schools to provide tuition assistance, update their technology systems, or cover the cost of special learning opportunities like hosting a guest speaker or taking a field trip.

Since its first year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised over $7 million for Catholic schools in the upper-Midwest. This year Catholic United is challenging the 90 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six week selling period, a goal they have achieved each of the last four years.

Ticket sales begin January 11 and run thru February 24. Tickets are only available at participating schools (see list below). The Grand Prize drawing ceremony takes place on Tuesday, March 5 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul, MN. Raffle updates can be followed on Facebook at

Participating schools in the Diocese of Fargo:
St. Johns Academy, Jamestown
St. Alphonsus, Langdon
St. John’s School, Wahpeton

Catholic United Financial is one of the largest fraternal life insurance associations in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 80,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Catholic United offers life insurance, annuities, and retirement savings products to its members while providing fraternal benefits for Catholic parishes, schools and religious education.