St. Mary's Parish and Schools has kicked off the Big Getaway Raffle this fall with a record number of drawings throughout the year. Bob Lenhart and Mike Pertzborn are co-chairs for the 2002-03 raffle.
Lenhart and Pertzborn said the grand prize for the raffle is a travel "getaway" package to the dream destination of the winner - Australia, Europe, the tropics, a cruise, Africa - with a value no higher than $10,000. Arrangements must be made through either Nomad Travel or Orange Tree Travel, Storm Lake.
The winner may also choose to take the alternate prize of $10,000 cash.
The Big Getaway winner will be drawn Saturday, March 29, 2003, following the live auction at St. Mary's Ball and Charity Auction. Other cash winners will include a $2,500 prize, a $1,000 prize and two $500 prizes. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees.
In an effort to give supporters more chances to win, drawings for $25 restaurant gift certificates will be held throughout the fall, with each winner eligible for all future drawings.
The first drawing was Oct. 15 when Don and Betty (Overmohle) Schmitt won the Baker's Court certificate. Their ticket is also eligible for the remaining eight drawings. The next drawing was in November for an Ember's gift certificate.
Two drawings will take place Dec. 14 - a Boz-Wellz certificate and a $500 Early Bird cash drawing. All of these winners will be eligible for the March drawings.
In order to be eligible for any of the fall or spring drawings, supporters must donate $100 per raffle ticket with only 400 tickets to be sold. Forms of payment include cash, check, Master Card or Visa.
Tickets may be purchased through volunteer ticket salespeople Lenhart, Pertzborn, Ted Lenhart, Kevin Kottke, Francis Koch, Mike and Jill Holton, Jane (McKenna) Langner, Chuck and Donna (Hinners) Ryherd, Dan Richardson or Dave Drey.
Tickets may also be purchased by contacting St. Mary's Development Office at 712-732-4925. Checks may also be mailed to Big Getaway Raffle, Box 1106, Storm Lake, IA 50588.
All proceeds benefit the operation of the Catholic education provided at St. Mary's.