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More than 450 attend St. Joseph raffle event

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Saturday night was equal parts getting together for a good time and raising money for a good cause during the 28th Annual Reverse Raffle for St. Joseph Catholic High School at the St. Mary's Center for Education.

More than 450 people came out to the event, which is a leading fundraiser for the school each year, said Belinda Chapman, who organized the fundraiser.

She said the 500 tickets for this year's event were nearly sold out, and participants have the chance to win $17,000 in cash and prized during the raffle, which raises about $45,000 annually for the school. About 30 percent of the school's budget comes from outside fundraising.

Chapman said she always is impressed by how St. Joe's alumni come out in support of the school.

"This event really is a mix of alumni, parents and even members of the church that don't even have children at the school," she said. "It's part of the Catholic spirit to use these gatherings as more than a fundraiser -- as a chance to get together and share in food, fun and fellowship."

Most impressive to Chapman are people like Dr. Leo Fleckenstein and volunteer Dick Muth, who have sold tickets for the event each year since its inception, raising thousands for the school.

Fleckenstein said he purchases a ticket each year, despite a little bit of bad luck.

"I won $100 during the very first reverse raffle, and I haven't won a single thing since then. A couple of years after that, I sold the ticket that eventually won $5,000," he said. "I still buy a ticket every year though, because you can't win if you don't play, and providing for the school is a worthwhile cause."

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