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Bountiful Blessings

The Annual Briar Blessings Volleyball Tournament was a huge success raising nearly $15,000 to benefit local families suffering the loss of an infant. Thank you to those who participated, donated and sponsored this event. The Briar Blessings Golf Tournament was held in memory of Briar Bartel, who passed away prior to birth in February 2015. Proceeds benefit bereavement services for families suffering the loss of an infant at Avera.

Swinging for Survivors

Annual Compassion in Action Best Shot Golf Benefit
Tuesday, September 13
Willow Run Golf Course

Register or become a sponsor today; deadline is Sept. 4. Click here or call Eric Maas at 605-332-8500 for more information. Download offline registration and sponsorship form here >>

Compassion in Action was created to raise funds to support patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant with financial assistance for additional expenses associated with their illness.

Crushin' It a Smashing Success

Thank you for supporting the 2017 Big Grape on Friday, April 7! The fun-filled evening was a success thanks to generous sponsors, volunteers and attendees. Over $125,000 was raised to benefit children and families in the local community. View stewardship video>>

The Big Grape premier wine, food and craft beer tasting event celebrates 18 years of benefiting children and families 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.

Visit to make an online gift and learn more about how your gifts benefit the community.

Caring and Creativity: Behavioral Health Fundraiser Raises Over $85,000!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the 2017 HeARTS in Healing fundraiser benefiting Avera Behavioral Health Center. Over $85,000 was raised to serve patient and families in our community.

Guests filled the Light Court on Saturday, February 4 to enjoy an evening of fine food, inspirational stories and an array of locally commissioned art and other live and silent auction items.

Thank you to the artists, attendees, volunteers and sponsors for making gifts to support the health and well-being of our local community.

The “Spirit of Children” Halloween Fundraiser Scares Up Over $13,000!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the health of children and their families in our community through your participation in the “Spirit of Children” Halloween fundraiser. The “Spirit of Children” is a national program that brings fun and funding to hospitals at Halloween and all year long by supporting the Child Life Program. Thank you again for dressing up for a donation!

Gifts to Avera McKennan’s Holiday of Caring Fills both Trees and Hearts!

Thank you to all the departments, individual employees businesses and loyal friends of Avera McKennan who made this year’s Holiday of Caring a magical success for many families in need. Because of friends like you, the foundation had 42 families and 182 individuals sponsored by departments and individuals.

In addition, holiday meals were supplied and countless gifts were left under Giving Trees to support the needs of the Walsh Family Village, Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls, Avera Children’s Hospital and Avera Behavioral Health Center.

The foundation is once again excited to have partnered with the University of Sioux Falls with a Giving Tree. This year, the Walsh Family Village was selected to receive various items to help fulfill the needs of patients and families who stay at the village.

Special thank you to the University of Sioux Falls and to all who purchased items for the Giving Trees, sponsored families and to local businesses, such as HoneyBaked Ham, for off-setting the costs for the holiday meals. To demonstrate your generosity in action, here’s a few words from a sponsored family. “I wish to let you all know just how blessed we feel. Your generosity is amazing. For years we donated to others, but things have changed. Now we are on the receiving side and are so grateful.”

~ Holiday of Caring Sponsor Family

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, over $25,000 was raised from the various fundraisers and events.

These dollars benefit local cancer patients and their families at the Avera Cancer Institute.

Special Thanks to the Following:

  • J&L Harley-Davidson
  • Snap On Tools
  • Orion Food Systems
  • Hair Stylists from Fringe Salon, Sola Salon Studios and Salon Artist Suites
  • Oh My Cupcakes!
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • O’Gormon Volleyball and Athletics
  • Glamour Defined
  • J&M Transmission and Auto Service

Swinging into Action!

And it's a hole in one! Compassion in Action 5th Annual Best Shot Golf Tournament raised $16,000 to benefit cancer patients and their families at the Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls. Through various events, Compassion in Action has raised over $185,000 since 2010! Thank you to the event sponsors, participants and volunteers for another successful year.

Compassion in Action was created to raise funds to support patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant with financial assistance for additional expenses associated with their illness. For more information on upcoming Compassion in Action events, visit:

Local Fraternity Shows They Care with Bears!

Members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity from the University of South Dakota delivered a load of teddy bears to the Avera Children’s Hospital, as part of their 22nd Annual Teddy Bear Run. Fraternity members actually ran the bears in shifts 60 miles up Interstate 29.

This year’s Teddy Bear Run raised over $3,800 to help Avera carry out the vision of caring for the body, mind and spirit of a child with every penny staying local to help children and families get the treatment and support needed.

Thank YOU to everyone who contributed to the barrage of bears; because of you, the children at Avera Children’s Hospital had a fun distraction during their day.

Ride Pink Revs Up Cancer Awareness

It was a day of pink power at the Ride Pink Poker Run on on August 28! The adrenaline-filled event raised $6,500 to benefit breast health services at the Avera Cancer Institute. Thank you to our event sponsors, attendees and volunteers for making a difference in the lives of local cancer patients and their families.

Toe-Tapping Tunes Trigger Support

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2nd Annual Swan Songs Serenade on Saturday, July 29. The evening was a huge success as guests enjoyed a variety of songs performed by Christine Albert and Chris Gage from Austin, Texas. The show also included special guest Kenny Putnam.

Dollars raised benefit Swan Songs@Avera; a new program that fulfills end-of-life musical wishes by providing private concerts for patients receiving hospice care.

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Every gift to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center furthers our mission to provide the best quality care to patients and their families while remaining dedicated to serving our local community by providing care to all, regardless of ability to pay. You can be part of our healing ministry through your gift.

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Upcoming Events

  • Aug
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Join the Poker Run, benefiting breast health services at the Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls.
  • Sep
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Compassion In Action raises funds to support patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
  • Sep
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Birdies & Bogeys for Val is a golf event to raise funds to support the Valerie Raye Merry Endowment benefiting the Avera Cancer Institute Center for Precision Oncology. See description below for detailed schedule of events.

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