The History of R.E.A.C.H.

Religious Education A Catholic Heritage
R.E.A.C.H. The Beginning

The year was 1975, and a group of active Saint Patrick School moms were meeting with Father Joseph Marquart. As they sat around the dining room table at the Rectory, he told them that Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen had just decreed that no parish should subsidize its school more than 50%. The Annual Bazaar had to go – it just wasn’t a big enough fundraiser!

Marilyn Thompson, from her involvement with other organizations, knew that the best return on donated money was a raffle. And so, the idea started.

The ladies decided to have the raffle drawing at a style show for two reasons: 1) it would be nice to thank all the parishioners for their continued support, and 2) State gambling law mandated a public drawing for the raffle winners. Molly Lane, the Mother’s Club President that year, organized the committee. Janet Dyckman agreed to be the General Chairwoman and Florence Bucholz dedicated herself to the raffle for years to come.

At one of the early committee meetings, at the Dyckman home, Joann Payne leaned over and said to Molly Lane, “If you’d like, I’ll do a small silent auction.” Rosemary Bujacich suggested the acronym R.E.A.C.H. It stood for ‘Religious Education A Christian Heritage”. In later years, Father Marquart would make sure we “put the Catholic back in R.E.A.C.H.!”

That was the beginning and it continues to grow: R.E.A.C.H. is an all volunteer run fundraiser for Saint Patrick Catholic School. R.E.A.C.H. is supported by the entire Parish, school community and many local businesses. R.E.A.C.H. is a raffle and a 2 night dinner and auction, both silent and oral. R.E.A.C.H. is an evening of fun and fellowship, akin to the old-time parish festivals. In 2014 R.E.A.C.H. changed to a one-night gala; however R.E.A.C.H is and will continue to be a season of community building – many people working together with a shared commitment. R.E.A.C.H. ensure that Saint Patrick Catholic School continues to be a part of our children’s educational and spiritual heritage.


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