Million dollar fundraiser returns to Pacelli

Published 5:15 am Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to Pacelli in Austin, giving you the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting your local Catholic school.

Starting Jan. 17, students from Pacelli  will join students from 89 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2020 Buick Encore (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 Pacelli thanks to the raffle’s sole sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the Raffle at no cost to the participating schools.

Travis Schmitt, local Catholic United Financial representative, presents prizes to the top ticket sellers during the 2019 CUF Fundraiser. Backrow, from left, Luke Weaver and Rachel Kahle. Front row: Noah Heimer, Colt Orum. Photo provided

“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 142 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” explained Catholic United President Harald Borrmann. “Since the program started, we have invested nearly one million dollars in the Raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers.”

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Now in its 11th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised over $8.5 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 89 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six-week selling period. To help reach this goal, Pacelli  hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $18,000. The money raised allows schools like Pacelli  to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales begin Jan. 17 and run through March 1. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The Grand Prize drawing ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, March 12 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul. Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at

If you are interested in learning more about Pacelli Catholic Schools, please visit our website at or email or call 507-437-3278 anytime during regular school hours. 

About Catholic United Financial

Catholic United Financial is one of the largest fraternal life insurance associations in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 75,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. As a not-for-profit company, Catholic United transforms profits from the sale of life insurance, annuities and retirement products into programs that support and amplify the Catholic community’s ability to thrive and grow. Visit our website to learn more: