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Logan Ehrecke and Maya Mayeski, first-graders at Lourdes Catholic School in Bettendorf, paint beanbag boxes for the second annual beanbag tournament Nov. 14. The boxes, painted by students, will be auctioned off. (Contributed photo)

BETTENDORF — Lourdes Catholic School will sponsor its second annual charity beanbag tournament beginning at 6 p.m., Nov. 14, in the school gym.

Forty-eight, two-person teams will begin with five games of pool play and then compete in a single elimination beanbag tournament with the winning team receiving an array of prizes. The evening also includes raffles and auction items.

The event brings Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Lourdes Catholic School communities together and raises funds to improve the learning experience in the school by advancing technology.

Last year the tournament raised more than $35,000, which enabled the purchase of 20 MacBook computers, five new printers, two computer projectors and five high-end digital cameras. The school hopes to raise even more money this year to further enhance technology and the science lab department.

Lourdes Catholic School students are selling raffle packages. Ticket purchasers can win Bears, Cardinals or Cubs, Mallards and concert tickets. Other prizes include a basketball hoop, gift certificates to local businesses and a spa day for four.

Other raffle items includes a mom’s day out package that includes a limo ride to Chicago, cash for shopping and house cleaning for the winner; and a golfer’s chance to see a practice round of the Master’s Tournament or play in the John Deere Classic Pro-Am.

Students at Lourdes also have been decorating sets of beanbag boxes, which will be auctioned off that night.

Dan Molyneaux, event originator and organizer, believes “the moms spend so much of their time and energy to help make our school great. Us dads finally decided to chip in with more than just a check. Most of the planning, fundraising and preparation for this event is done by the dads and we’re having a great time.”

Molyneaux said the beanbag competition was chosen because it is competitive, yet social.

Katie Selden, principal at Lourdes Catholic School, said, “This group of dads has really brought some incredible energy to making this event an instant success. The dollars they raise make a profound difference in our ability to use and teach technology in our school. The connections this event creates within the people of our church and school communities will have a very positive, long-term benefit for our school as well.”

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