Welcoming Our Second Century of Giving
A Reason to Celebrate: Fall Donor Recognition Reception
Thank you to our generous supporters and community partners for furthering the mission of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. As an extension of our gratitude, the Avera McKennan Foundation hosted a donor recognition reception on November 8, 2012 at the Washington Pavilion. Led by Jim Woster, supporters gathered to celebrate the rich heritage of Avera McKennan and honor our dedicated award recipients. Once again, thank you to everyone for supporting the healing mission of Avera McKennan.
The Avera Spirit Award was presented to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for their long-term dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan. Their exceptional commitment continues to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.
The Helen McKennan Award was presented to Tom and Kathy Walsh for their leadership roles in our healing ministry. Thanks to a lead gift from Tom and Kathy, the Walsh Family Village opened its doors in 2009 and has since been providing safe, secure on-campus lodging to out-of-town patients and their families.
The Cornerstone Award was presented to Randy Nehring with Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln in recognition of a business or organization that has demonstrated outstanding commitment. Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln is a premier sponsor of the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer – which continues to serve the needs of local cancer survivors and their families.
And finally, two Compass Awards were presented to Dr. Patty Peters and David F. Fleck in recognition of their volunteer and leadership skills. Living out the mission of Avera, Dr. Peters believes in supporting various campaigns and volunteers to assist in fundraising efforts. She’s supported the Avera Medical Group Health Care Clinic Sioux Falls, Dougherty Hospice House and the Prairie Center.
A leader at work and in the community, Dave’s involvement with the Caring for Cancer: Campaign for Hope led to numerous successful philanthropic partnerships from local and out-of-state contractors.
Thank you to everyone for leading the way into our Second Century of Giving!
'The Guardian' award
The recognition ceremony featured a special presentation of a custom-crafted award for which select donors were given. This award, which was commissioned by the Avera McKennan Foundation, is a replica of a sculpture currently located on the Avera McKennan Campus. Appropriately titled "The Guardian", the one-foot bronze piece was given to five individuals as a gesture of appreciation for their contributions. Click on the image to the right to watch a movie featuring the casting of the bronze sculpture.