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MASSENA - A $20 investment turned into a $10,000 return for five employees at Whalen, Davey & Looney, CPA, LLP, in Massena.

Jennifer Bressard, Carolyn Grigg, Tara Dickinson, Tiffany Boulais and Patrick Dowdle each put in $20 to purchase a $100 ticket in a recent raffle to benefit Trinity Catholic School and the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s parish. Of the 300 tickets that were printed and sold, their ticket number came up when the drawing was held following Easter Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s.

“Tiffany sold two tickets. Everybody put in $20,” Mr. Dowdle said.

Unfortunately, only one group could be a winner, and that meant the other ticket sold at Whalen, Davey & Looney helped the cause, but didn’t bring in the financial benefit.

The winners received $10,000 to split among the five individuals, and two of them are donating a portion of their money back to the school. Trinity and St. Mary’s also received $10,000 each.

Trinity Catholic School Principal Kathy Behrens and the Rev. Scott Fobare, pastor at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s, said they had done separate $10,000 cash raffles in past years before deciding to pool their resources this year.

“We’ve done it for several years,” the Rev. Fobare said.

Trinity families were asked to sell one ticket each, and other tickets were also available following Masses in the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s parish, as well as the Sacred Heart and St. Lawrence parish.

By the time the fundraiser was over, all 300 tickets had been sold, benefiting not only the holders of the winning ticket, but also the school and church.

“It’s part of our fundraising,” Ms. Behrens said, noting the money they raised will be put toward the school’s budget.

As this fundraiser wraps up, she said they already have another planned for June 5, a day when they’ll have their annual bike rally on the streets around Trinity and picnic at the school.

Ms. Behrens said they’ll have a Chrysler-Dodge test drive that day for anyone 21 and older, and the school will receive $10 for each person who test drives the vehicle. That fundraiser is sponsored by Chrysler and is being coordinated locally with Blevins Seaway Motors, Massena.

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