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Southern Tier Catholic plans St. Patrick’s Party & Raffle, $31,000+ giveaway


March 16 party attracts over 500 guests each year

From STCS,

OLEAN, NY – Southern Tier Catholic School (STCS) will host its traditional St. Patrick’s Day Party & Raffle on March 16, 2024 at the school’s new location at 921 N. Union Street in Olean, NY. Top prize in the cash raffle is $20,000, in addition to 17 other cash prizes totalling over $31,000. 

The St. Patrick’s Day Party & Raffle boasts a long tradition of raising funds for scholarship recipients at the school as well as funding extracurriculars and sports.  Ticket purchases and sponsorships help fund this worthy cause. Historically, over 500 attendees have joined the fun – rocking great music, cheering on the costume party participants, toasting with free beer, wine, and soda, ripping pull tabs into mountains of winnings and enjoying a tasty beef-on-weck dinner with the ever famous peanut butter cookies. The party begins at 7:00PM and endures ‘til 11:00PM with winners announced shortly before the end of the party.

One ticket, at a cost of $100, admits two people to the party as well as entering purchasers in the raffle for 17 cash prizes.  The winner need not be present to win although seeing the winner bound to the stage after winning is a bonus to attending.  The announcement of winners is viewable on Facebook live on the Southern Tier Catholic school page.

The community contributes immeasurably to this event.  Sponsorships include: CUTCO Foundation, Napoleon Engineering Services, St. Bonaventure University,  Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture & Mattress, Acme Business Systems, High Point Federal Credit Union, Community Bank, Staci Werlau Agency-State Farm Insurance, EMTON Disposal Group, Sports Locker, Catholic Children’s Learning Corp., Wayne Paving and Senator George Borello.

Multiple businesses and individuals come together with the school families , staff and board volunteers to sell tickets. Tickets may be purchased at: Southern Tier Catholic School, St. John’s Church, St. Mary’s, St. Bonaventure Church, McFall Does It All, Sports Locker, Talty’s, Granny’s Verona, Angee’s, Fox Financial, Union Sales, Fusion on Main, Daily Cup, Community Bank and from: Ann Marie Wright, Deb Zmed, Linda O’Brien, Mike Tominez, Janet Filips, Mary Przybyla, Jessica Anderson, Patrick Schneider, John Stevens, Suzanne Smith, Rick Dallas, Pete Ebert, Vicki Jenkins, Mari Howard, Deborah Ryan-Pelletier, Jessica Milliman Estes, John LaFever, Laurie Bzdak, Steve Picitelli, Matthew Hinz, Beth Burdick, Erica Dreher and John Whelpley.

STCS President, Colleen Taggerty offers, “As we watch the world transition and transform into something no one would have ever thought possible, the one thing that allows all of us to maneuver through the ups, downs, successes and failures is a quality education that is aligned to faith based morals and values. Southern Tier Catholic School is the place where you and your children will experience a quality education and where the school culture holds staff and students to the highest moral values throughout their educational time with us.”

STCS thanks everyone in the community for their commitment to education.  Southern Tier Catholic School offers an exceptional educational experience rooted in Christian values. Stable. Focused. Disciplined. Learn about the various scholarship opportunities that can provide up to 75% of tuition fees by calling the school at 716-372-8122 or visiting the website at

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