April 28, 2008

More than 800 have a ball at diocesan dance party

Charity event benefits Catholic education, Bay City’s All Saints wins new car

SAGINAW – More than 800 people filled Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw on Friday evening to support Catholic schools and parish religious education efforts across the 11-county Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

The event was highlighted by a raffle, which included a grand prize new Pontiac Solstice or $10,000, second prize trip for two to Rome and third prize $5,000 home improvement project. Winners were drawn from nearly 45,000 entries. Tickets had been on sale for $5 each at participating schools and parishes across the diocese since February.

Raffle winners included:
Grand Prize: All Saints Central High School, Bay City
Second Prize: Randy and Cathy Schafer, Mt. Pleasant
Third Prize: Jim Schlicker, Saginaw

The event also included a silent auction featuring family vacations, entertainment packages and other recreational and specialty items donated by Catholic school benefactors.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will host a special “Winner’s Circle” event on May 20 at the Center for Ministry in Saginaw to dole out event proceeds and present the raffle awards and recognize event sponsors.

The Bishop’s Charity Ball is a fundraising event designed to celebrate Catholic education and benefit Catholic schools and parish religious education programs. The inaugural Bishop’s Charity Ball raised more than $500,000 in 2007.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw includes 106 parishes and 26 schools.

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