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Local School Gives Away $10,000 at 26th Annual Fundraising Event

January 23, 2024

Valdosta, GA – St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) hosts the 26th Annual
Reverse Draw and Gala. This year’s Back to the 80s themed event will be held
Saturday, February 10th, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at The Patterson.

The reverse draw has become a highly anticipated event for the St. John the Evangelist
Catholic School community and the surrounding area. This year's theme, Back to the
80s, will bring a new level of excitement and entertainment to the event. Attendees are
encouraged to dress up in their best 80s attire and get ready to dance the night away to
classic hits from the decade. The reverse draw format adds an element of excitement
as attendees have the chance to win $10,000 while also supporting a great cause.

Other activities during the night include a live auction, door prizes, Steel’s Jewelry
Raffle, 80s Prom King and Queen crowning, and of course, a chance to WIN $10,000.
Greg Moore will auction off incredible live items including beach vacations, a hunting
package, a fine art portrait, and other exciting packages.

The event is SJCS’s largest fundraiser and helps provide tuition assistance to students,
fund community service projects, and continues the school’s mission to empower ALL
students to reach their full potential and to follow the model of Christ. Last year’s
funds were used to assist with the addition of a state-of-the-art STEM lab and to
update the T. J. LaHood Memorial Library and Media Center.

“Thanks to the support of our local community, we are celebrating 26 years of our
Reverse Draw and Gala,” said event chairwoman Celine Gladwin. “We welcome the

entire community to enjoy a black tie evening filled with suspense as numbers are
drawn to reveal the guest who will walk away with the $10,000 grand prize.”

Mrs. Carter, principal, stated, "This event not only raises crucial funds for our school
but also allows us to come together and have a great time while doing so. The support
of our community makes a huge difference in helping our students reach their full
potential. We are thankful for the support because our students are our future which
benefits our entire community. This year's theme, 'Back to the 80s,' is sure to make
for a memorable evening."

Tickets to attend this amazing event are on sale now for $150 and include dinner for
two, two drink tickets, and an entry into the drawing for $10,000. Entries into the
drawing only are also available for $100. Tickets are available at St. John Catholic
School (229-244-2556) or online at

For information about donating or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Celine
Gladwin at

Thank you to our SJCS 2023-2024 annual sponsors including: Dr. and Mrs. George
Staton, Joel and Cheri Carter, Mike and Lisa Murphy, Sam Dennis Law, Ben and
Kimberly Mackey, David and Donna Nolan, the Gladwin Family, the Puckett Family,
Hamilton Trust & Estate Elder Law, Eddie Felders Country Meat Market, Universal
Roofing & Remodeling, Nail Expressions, and SJCS Alumni.

In addition, we want to thank our Reverse Draw sponsors including Hester & Morris
Orthodontics, Steel’s Jewelry, Mr. and Mrs. John and Angela Storrings, Traditions
Floorings, Mrs. Mary Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Majeski, Katherine A. Gonos and Stephen
G. Adkins, and our very own SJCS Special Area Teachers.

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