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SAGINAW — The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan drew the winners of its BIG Raffle during an event at the diocesan Center for Ministry on Friday, April 21. Nearly 24,000 BIG Raffle tickets were sold in communities across the diocese. The Foundation estimates that nearly $70,000 will be immediately distributed to participating Catholic schools and parishes. Additional proceeds will go to the St. John Neumann Catholic Education Endowment. The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan administers the endowment which provides grant dollars to programs and initiatives throughout the diocese that support the evangelizing mission of the Church. Since 2011, more than $450,000 has been raised through the Big Raffle for parishes and Catholic schools. The Foundation has distributed an additional $128,000 in support of 62 grants benefiting communities throughout the eleven Mid-Michigan counties served by the Diocese of Saginaw.
In addition to the many programs supported, the BIG Raffle offers an annual opportunity to win major prizes. The following is a list of the Big Raffle top prizes along with the 2017 winners:
• Chevrolet Spark or $10,000 cash sponsored by McDonald Chevrolet
Vicky Winslow, Au Gres
• $5,000 Home Improvement sponsored by Catholic Federal Credit Union and R.C. Hendrick & Sons
Anne and Ralph Groves, Weidman
• Airfare for two to anywhere in the continental U.S. sponsored by Morley Companies, Inc.
Deena Bennett, Kingston
• Apple I-Pad sponsored by Looby Baumgarten PC
Kelly DeWitt, Grand Blanc
• Laptop Computer sponsored by Yeo and Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants
Shaun Wolschleger, Saginaw
Top seller incentive winners:
Aubree Bishop (St. Michael School, Pinconning), Alissa Chan (Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary, Saginaw), Karen Cody (St. Christopher Parish, Caro), Karen Godmer (St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish, Vassar), Jennifer Gross (Mary of the Immaculate Conception, St. Charles), Alan KLCO (Blessed Trinity Parish, Frankenmuth), Mary Anna Longuski, ( Holy family Parish, Sandusky), Janice Vogel ( Holy Apostles Parish, Ruth), Marcia Wolohan (Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw), Vincent Zolinski (Holy family Parish, Saginaw).
The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan (CCFMM) is a nonprofit organization which supports the ministries of the Diocese of Saginaw and its parishes, Catholic schools, agencies and affiliated organizations.