The 25 Club beginnings

The financial condition of any organization or entity is a factor that can ever be overlooked. Sound reasoning and financial planning were also very important for the surival of the National Shrine. Fundraisers and other sources of income, besides the generosity of pledges, had to be thought of by those involved and concerned.

The 25 Club is a group of people who purchased tickets for $25.00 which entitle thern to a weekly prize drawing for a period of six months. At the end of these six months, a banquet was held where larger money prizes were given. This fundraiser first started in 1968 and was a really successful program. It was only recently that the price was raised to $30.00 due to the increased cost of food. The first couple of years these funds from the 25 Club were used to pay all the utilities.