At the start of each school year since 2012, students sold electronic tickets through the “Big Draw” online raffle to support the Student Activities program at De Smet Jesuit. In an effort to build upon our culture of philanthropy and ensure every dollar raised directly impacted the students, the campaign this year evolved into The Spartan Fund.
From September 21 through October 16, each student was asked to raise a minimum of $200 – the equivalent to their previous goal of selling eight Big Draw tickets – in order to receive various incentives and chances at cash prizes. Also as in previous years, the overall goal was to collectively raise $100,000, with the reward being a day off school.
After so many years of familiarity with the Big Draw, growing pains with this new format were anticipated – and especially this year given all of the unique challenges. Despite the circumstances, in vintage Spartan fashion, our students and community both rose to challenge: 560 gifts were made for a total of $116,000!
True to our motto of being “Men for and With Others,” our community’s ongoing support is truly a foundational component of what makes De Smet Jesuit so special. This monumental philanthropic effort was spearheaded by our students, who will directly benefit from these collective contributions – and enjoy that day off from school on October 26.
For each student who sold their minimum of $200, they were entered into a drawing for prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250. The winners are as follows:
$1,000: J.D. Duenwald ’22
$500: Drew Hollman ’21
$250: Ben Kinealy ’23
Many thanks to all who played their part in making this effort so successful! While the students are finished raising dollars for the school, The Spartan Fund extends throughout the year to continue impacting our young men here at De Smet Jesuit.