Priest sits on roof to raise money for USD Newman Center roof restoration
VERMILLION, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A priest in Vermillion took to the roof as a way to raise funds for the USD Newman Center.
Father John Rutten started the “Raise the Roof” campaign after the center’s roof gave out last spring.
Between the cost of a new roof on the 60-year-old building and old debts, the center has to come up with $420,000.
Father Rutten ate, slept, worked, and played games with students from the roof.
In less than three days, over $115,000 was raised.
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