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Avera McKennan Foundation

Plaza 4
1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD, 57117

6th Annual Guardian Awards

Thank you to our generous supporters and community partners for furthering the mission of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. As an extension of gratitude, the Avera McKennan Foundation hosts the annual Guardian Awards to recognize key donors and celebrate all those who support the mission.

Helen McKennan

Cindy Walsh

Given in recognition of leadership and inspiration that extends past the mission of Avera McKennan to influence and impact the loyal community and beyond.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.


Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of South Dakota - Phil Davis

Recognizes a business whose demonstrated outstanding comitment to Avera McKennan. This organization has established a strong internal culture of philanthropy, an ideal characteristic of a community partner.

Pictured from left: Stephanie Perry, Kathy Johnson, Theresa Brunken, Phil Davis, Vicki Signor, Lisa Baier and Paula Breen.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.


Father Ed Anderson

Honors a community member who's demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and key roles in advancing the foundation's development goals.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.

Past Winners

Avera Spirit Award

  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Walter Panzirer, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Helen McKennan Award

  • Bill Dougherty
  • Jeremiah Murphy
  • Jim Woster
  • Tom and Kathy Walsh
  • Avera Medical Group Radiology

Cornerstone Award

  • Sioux Falls Construction-Randy Knecht
  • Sodak Distributing-Mike Brzica
  • The First National Bank in Sioux Falls-Bob Baker
  • Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln-Randy Nehring
  • Holiday-Gas Stop-Tom and Melissa Howes

Compass Award

  • Paul Connelly
  • Lisa Griffin
  • Joe Henkin
  • Judy Davis
  • Peggy Kirby
  • Susan Scott
  • Brad Grossenburg
  • Dr. Patty Peters
  • Dave Fleck
  • Ted Muenster

'The Guardian'

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 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.

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