May 16, 2011

More than 29,000 tickets sold for inaugural BIG Raffle benefiting Catholic education, event tomorrow night

SAGINAW — There are some big items up for grabs during the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan’s BIG Raffle tomorrow evening, but the biggest winner will be Catholic education. Schools and parishes across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will benefit from proceeds of the more than 29,000 tickets sold.

The BIG Raffle, which previously took place during the Bishop’s Charity Ball, has helped to raise more than $1 million for Catholic education since 2007. Tickets for the drawing have been sold for $5 each in communities across the diocese and tomorrow night the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone will help draw the winning tickets.

Top prizes include the choice of a new Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruze or $10,000 Cash (McDonald Chevrolet), Trip for two to Rome (A-M Church supply), $5,000 home improvement project (R.C. Hendrick & Son), Computer Laptop (Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants), and three $1,000 prizes.

The BIG Raffle celebration will be held from 5:30 until 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 17, at Horizons Conference Center. BIG Raffle celebration and drawing tickets can be purchased through noon tomorrow by visiting the diocesan website, All are welcome to the event which includes an artists’ auction featuring Inspiring Benches, art cookies, door prizes, great hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw includes 105 parish communities and 22 Catholic schools located across 11 counties.

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