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Creativity for a Cause:

4th Annual HeARTS in Healing Fundraiser a Success

Thank you to everyone from the bottom of our HeARTS for attending and supporting the 4th Annual HeARTS in Healing fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 1 at Avera Behavioral Health Center. Almost $68,000 was raised to benefit patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health Center. Guests heard stories of inspiration from those who benefited from services, enjoyed gourmet hors d'oeuvres and took part in a silent and live auction. 

For the first time, the HeART of Behavioral Health award was presented to long-time supporter and volunteer, Jim Woster, of Sioux Falls. A special thank you to him for his two decades of dedication and service. Click here to learn more about Jim and his talents with the children »

The HeART of the Matter: About the Program

Arts in Healing offers a tranquil environment for patients to heal using music, movement and receptive therapies. Funds raised through HeARTS in Healing support the Avera Behavioral Health Patient and Family Navigator and the and the Arts in Healing Program at Avera Behavioral Health.

Financial support is critical in ensuring quality care is available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Thank you to everyone for attending the HeARTS in Healing fundraiser and to our loyal donors and community partners. If you are interested in making a gift to benefit Avera Behavioral Health, please call the Avera McKennan Foundation at 605-322-8900 or make an online gift by clicking the link below.

Click here to make a gift to support patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health »

2014 Auction Art Pieces

Specific art pieces auctioned at the fundraiser event are featured below.


by Jay Bachmayer

Jay Bachmayer

Mary Ellen ConellyUntitled

by Mary Ellen Conelly

Michael HillUntitled

by Michael Hill

Maryjane HuehlSong of Life

by Nancyjane Huehl

My first two springs in Sioux Falls included visits to Arrowhead Park to paint and draw. There is a magic gentleness at sunset. It’s a promise of stars dancing, the glow of moonlight and fireflies and of sunrise and birdsong.

Greg LatzaNew Day on the Prairie

by Greg Latza

Chad LubbersUntitled

by Chad Lubbers

Chad LubbersUntitled

by Chad Lubbers

Paul SchillerFaithful View
by Paul Schiller

David StanleyRiver of Color

by David Stanley

Jo VanderWoudeReflections

by Jo VanderWoude

2014 Sponsorships

HeARTfelt thanks to our generous 2014 event sponsors:

  • Avera Medical Group Midwest Psychiatric Medicine
  • Avera Medical Group TMS Therapy
  • Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry Associates
  • Citibank
  • Eide Bailly
  • First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard
  • John Morrell & Co.
  • Koch Hazard
  • Piper Custom Framing and Fine Art Gallery  
  • South Dakota State University and the South Dakota State University Foundation. 
  • Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare
  • Dr. Shawn and Lisa VanGerpen 
  • Vern Eide Motorcars
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xcel Energy

A special thank you to the following friends of Avera Behavioral Health Center:

  • Rob and Patti Bates
  • Dr. David and June Bean
  • Dr. Michael and Jenny Bergan 
  • Dale and Judy Blauwet
  • Brian and Audra Eide
  • Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls
  • Dr. William and Gail Fuller
  • Donald and Gin Griffin
  • Dr. John and Lisa Griffin
  • Help Line Center
  • Mike and Cindy Huether
  • Dr. Tad and Kathy Jacobs
  • Phyllis Lindbloom
  • W. Tim and Kori Kromminga
  • Steve and Patricia Lindquist
  • Matt and Karen Michels
  • Anne and Scott Morstad
  • J. Chris Nordgren, Ph.D.
  • Thomas and Dody Otten
  • Dr. Mike and Rachel Person
  • John and Penny Porter
  • Dr. Sarah Flynn and Patrick Ronan
  • Dr. Matt and Susan Stanley
  • Dr. Timothy and Lisa Soundy
  • Dr. Tamara Vik
  • Mark and Sarah Vortherms
  • Dr. Jay and Katie Weatherill
  • Mary Wolf & Charles Weis
  • Randy and Suzanne Welter
  • Dr. Nancy Wilson