LAKE PLACID - It was a 1971 Ford Pinto. That was the year and car model that was first raffled off as a benefit for the St. Agnes School.
The school has been raffling off a car to help raise funds since then and recently, a 2013 Subaru Outback, fully loaded, was given as a prize by the school.
"It's the biggest fundraiser of the year," St. Agnes School principal Catherine Bemis told the News.
Bemis said the lucky winner was Diane Laurent, of New Jersey and Lake Placid and Hawaii. The winning ticket was drawn Oct. 13 during a pancake breakfast benefit for the Catholic Daughters.
Bemis told the News that tickets went on sale in June and cost $20 each or six for $100 and there was no ticket sales limit. The first car raffle in 1971 raised $3,000 for the school. The amount raised this year was not available as of press time, but Bemis did note that the fundraising effort is an important one for the school.
"We subsidize tuition to the school through fundraising to keep programs affordable for all area residents," she told the News.
Bemis added that the car raffle included a new feature as tickets were available online for the first time, and that was a popular manner in which people bought tickets.
"That went really well and the convenience factor was clearly huge," she said.
The car raffle isn't the only fundraiser organized by St. Agnes during the year. The annual St. Agnes Christmas Bazaar is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and the school is currently accepting donations for the event.
The event will include shopping, a silent auction, raffles, games for the kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
"We're looking for vendors to sell craft items and Christmas items," one of the event's organizers Kathleen Murphy told the News. "We are also accepting donations at this time."
Murphy said that table space is available for $45 to $55. A letter was recently sent to local businesses announcing the fact that donations are being accepted now. Currently, Cape Air plane tickets and tickets to Walt Disney World are going to be part of the silent auction, according to Murphy.
"Donations from local businesses for the auction and raffles are crucial to the success of this event," Murphy wrote in the letter to businesses.
"This is one of the two largest fundraisers for the school the year," Murphy told the News. "We hope to see lots of people this year, it's usually very well attended.
She added that baby sitting is available free of charge for the bazaar and no reservations are needed.
"Just show up and shop," she said.
All proceeds go to St. Agnes School.
For more information on how to donate items, contact Kathleen Murphy at the school by calling 518-523-3771.