“Our most successful fundraiser is Mardi Gras, a carnival for all ages, which takes place the weekend before Lenten season begins. Friday night caters to the junior high crowd, while Saturday is an event for the whole family. The weekend provides a great way for families to socialize. It also earns quite a bit of money considering that tickets cost just 25 cents to 50 cents apiece, making it affordable for everyone. Traditionally we net $8,000 to $10,000. This year, however, we doubled our profit by including a band on Friday night and new games for the kids like Dance Dance Revolution.”

Maureen Smith, St. Raphael HSA, Bay Village, Ohio