New technology and text messages proved effective for the North Platte Catholic Schools GREEN fundraiser Oct. 12, helping push the total to the highest ever, Endowment Director Wendy Dodson said. More than 320 people gathered for the 11th annual GREEN (Generating Resources for Educational Excellence Now) fundraiser at the Quality Inn and Suites/Sandhills Convention Center.
Dodson said the net proceeds should exceed $120,000, which would be the best outcome yet for the annual event.
GREEN funds help pay for school operations and teacher retirement, she said.
This year’s event also generated more than $16,000 via text message for the endowment’s Great Teaching Fund program for educators’ scholarships for continuing and higher education.
Dodson said the addition of the QTEGO text-bidding system, sponsored by NebraskaLand National Bank, was a tremendous boost, allowing people to bid on items and text donations who were unable to attend. She said it boosted profits on silent auctions and enhanced the entertainment value of the event.
The endowment provides thousands of dollars in tuition and fees each year so that McDaid and St. Patrick’s faculty members can take classes and attend workshops.
At the fundraiser, the GREEN “Lucky Lotto” generated $17,500, with 175 tickets sold at $100 each. Long-time former NPCS Superintendent Bill McGahan and his wife Marilyn had the $10,000 winning ticket. The McGahans donated $5,000 of their winnings back to the schools.
V.J. Brosius won the $1,000 second prize, and also generously donated his winnings to the schools, Dodson said.
Dodson expressed special gratitude to the Lucky Lotto sponsors: Pat and Kathleen Keenan, Dr. Jeff and Robyn O’Connor and Bill and Sherry Snodgrass.
The “Irish Heads or Tails” game sponsored by Adams Bank & Trust contributed $1,160 to the total. Dr. Lannae Phelps of North Platte won the game and graciously donated a $1,000 cash prize to the Great Teaching Fund.
Spirit Wagons, sponsored by Skyline Liquor, generated $2,450. The winners were Dr. Daniel Woodburn, V.J. Brosius and Emily Wyatt.
Dodson says that thanks are in order to the community of North Platte for making GREEN a success for 11 years. Local businesses and individuals donate tens of thousands of dollars in auction items and cash to the event.
“North Platte responds to GREEN in a tremendous way every year and we are extremely grateful for the support of this event and our school system,” she said.
Dodson said next year’s GREEN will be held Oct. 4.