Ellis County residents warned of raffle scam(Update)
By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
Ellis County residents are asked to be on the lookout for a scam involving a local Catholic school.
Earlier this week, a Hays resident was contacted about purchasing raffle tickets for a television, supposedly to benefit St. Mary’s School in Ellis. Father Richard Daise of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church said the call was a scam and no one from the church or school is conducting such a fundraiser raffle.
“We’re not doing anything like that,” he stressed. “(We) don’t want people to get taken in by this (scam).”
During the spring, St. Mary’s holds a parish auction, and Daise said people and businesses throughout the county are very good about supporting the auction — but he doesn’t want anyone to get hurt by something the church has nothing to do with.
Anyone who is contacted about the purported raffle should contact their local police department.
Earlier this year the TMP-Marian and Ellis soccer teams held a raffle for a television in an effort to raise funds to help fund the soccer program next season.
But the fundraiser ended when the television was given away at Riverfest last week.