Dear Benchwarmer Supporter,


This message is to inform you that Cedar Valley Catholic Schools will be cancelling its participation in the Benchwarmer Raffle for the 2020 NFL season.  Information received from the Department of Inspection & Appeals Gambling Division indicates that ticket purchases must be done face to face.  We are not allowed to mail any tickets or offer online purchase options.  We have explored all possible options to continue this game that is loved by so many of our supporters.  However due to other COVID-19 related restrictions for visitors on our campus, these clarifications will greatly impact our ability to sell enough tickets to hold the raffle this year.


For many years, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools has relied on the revenue from the Benchwarmer program to support our efforts to provide an exceptional Catholic education to all of our students.  The advancement office will work diligently to develop other creative ways to offset this loss in revenue.  We invite you to consider converting your raffle purchase to a tax deductible donation to Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.  Supporters that choose this option will receive a gift acknowledgment  receipt.  We completely understand if you prefer to receive a refund of your purchase and will honor all requests.  To request a refund, please email Julie Novotney at with your full name, address, phone number, and number of tickets you would like refunded by September 9th.  All refunds will be mailed no later than September 30th.  We will issue gift receipts to the remaining supporters on October 1st.  


Your continued support is appreciated and we thank you for your understanding regarding this difficult decision.



Sarah Smith

Advancement Director

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools