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Avera Race Picks up the Pace!

Avera Race Against Breast Cancer

It was a tough battle, but thanks to you we took the title at the 26th Annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. This year's race had more than 6,100 participants. Thank you to all our survivors, participants, sponsors and volunteers for raising more than $375,000 for the fight.

Your dollars directly support patients and families in so many way. From spiritual care to world-class research, one-hundred percent of all Avera Race proceeds remain local. Thank you again for Igniting the Fight! For more information on runner times, event photos or to make an online gift, visit

Cheers for Children: Thank You for Supporting the Big Grape

The Big Grape 2014

It's not luck that give young patients at Avera Children's Hospital a chance at a healthy life. It's your support in events like The Big Grape: Next Generation that allows Avera Children's Hospital to fulfill its mission.

This year, we are proud to have raised $145,000! Thank you for your investment in the health of the children in our community. Through your generous support, Avera Children's Hospital can fulfill the promise to save lives and care for children, bringing hope and healing to those who need it most. For more information on supporting The Big Grape: Next Generation, visit

HeARTS in Healing:Touting Artistic Talents Creates Success

Thank you to everyone for supporting the 2014 HeARTS in Healing fundraiser benefiting patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health Center. From artists to attendees, volunteers to program supporters, your gifts make a difference to patients and families receiving services at the Avera Behavioral Health Center. Check back for amount raised!

Baking in the Cash!

The Nurse Governance Council bake sale brings in the bucks to benefit nurses! Almost $6,000 was raised to support the Nursing Excellence Fund! Thank you to everyone for baking, buying and benefiting!

The Nursing Excellence Fund supports innovative education initiatives and research endeavors to continue to develop nursing excellence in caring for patients. Thank you again for supporting our nurses!

Holiday of Caring

Because Christmas can be a difficult time for patients and their families facing illness, injury or disease, the Avera McKennan Foundation hopes to spread holiday cheer to those who need help making their holiday season special. There are many ways you can help spread holiday cheer. Click here to learn more »

Steward the Spirit!

Thank you for participating in the "Spirit of Halloween" benefiting the Child Life Program at Avera Children's Hospital. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of children in our community and makes Halloween fun at the same time!

Since 2006, the Spirit of Children was established to make hospitals a less scary place for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments. Once again, Avera Children’s Hospital is proud to be a member of the fundraising portion of the program with the help of local Spirit Halloween stores. Thank you for your support.

Think Pink, Think Green

Think Pink, Think Green
The month of October may have been pink, but the results have the foundation seeing green! Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, community partners and donors like you, nearly $20,000 was raised from the various fundraisers and events. These dollars benefit local cancer patients and their families at the Avera Cancer Institute.

Thank you again for Thinking Pink with a purpose!


Thank you to our grateful golfers for taking a swing at curing cancer on Wednesday, September 11th for the Compassion in Action Golf Tournament. Because of supporters like you, over $15,000 was raised to help patients and families at the Avera Cancer Institute!

Compassion In... the Bag!

Thank you to everyone for their support in the Compassion in Action Charity Rummage. Over $2,000 was raised to benefit patients with blood disorders or those undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

Thank you for supporting the patient and families at Avera Cancer Institute!

Harleys, Hope and HOT Weather:

Ride Pink Poker Run Revved It Up

The morning started off with sprinkles and ended with a celebration! Thank you to everyone for supporting the Avera Cancer Institute at this year's Ride Pink Poker Run!

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Dollars!

The Avera Children's Hospital Art Fair was a huge success raising over $1,200. That's some serious pigment with a purpose! Thank you to everyone for supporting Avera Children's Hospital!

A Helpful Smile for Every Mile!

Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores donate over $1,500 to benefit the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. Thank you to everyone for shopping and saving lives!

Operation Helpful Smile is a Sioux Falls Hy-Vee program that's assisted local non-profit organizations and charities in the community over the past 11 years. Hy-Vee proudly announces that Operation Helpful Smile surpassed the $1.6 million mark in funding given back to over 100 local non-profit organizations.

Each week, a different area non-profit organization receives a monetary donation from Hy-Vee. Hy-Vee will match all customer contributions received for each weekly organization up to $1,000.00.