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Chase the Ace fundraiser nets $5.8M for Newfoundland parish

['The reason for the Chase the Ace madness each Wednesday night in the Goulds this past summer. The fundraiser has gone way beyond the expectations of St. Kevin’s Parish in the Goulds.']
['The reason for the Chase the Ace madness each Wednesday night in the Goulds this past summer. The fundraiser has gone way beyond the expectations of St. Kevin’s Parish in the Goulds.']

The Catholic parish in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John's has the enviable task of deciding how to spend a $6-million windfall.

St. Kevin’s parish made national headlines this year as its wildly successful Chase the Ace fundraiser lasted more than 44 weeks with ever-increasing jackpots.

Thousands of ticket buyers lined up on Aug. 30 before the winning ace of spades was finally drawn for $2.6 million.

Organizer Carol O'Brien said the parish has replaced its crumbling concrete steps and has plans for other repairs along with improvements to its food bank.

O'Brien says all spending decisions will be made by committee, overseen by the parish council and made available to church members.

She says any charity considering a similar fundraiser should go for it — but St. Kevin's won't be hosting another any time soon.

 

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