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The Big Grape

Thank you for "crushin' it" at the 2017 Big Grape on Friday, April 7! The fun-filled evening was a smashing success raising over $125,000 thanks to generous sponsors, volunteers and attendees.

A Trip Around the World!

Guests traveled from various tables to sample an array of food, wines and craft beer ranging from Germany to California. These fine wine regions were presented by the Big Grape Table hosts.


Text to Bid

Mobile bidding allows you to bid on auction items using your mobile phone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet to access our mobile bidding site. Simply register your name, phone number, and email and let the bidding begin! Once you are registered you will receive two text messages confirming your registration. Throughout the evening, you will receive text alerts when you are the highest bidder, if you have been outbid, etc.


Mobile Bidding

To Place a Bid with your mobile phone

To place a bid on any auction item, simply reply to any Qtego text message with the three digit item number and the whole dollar amount that you want to bid.

Example: To bid $75 on item number 123, reply to any Qtego text with 123 75 and SEND. You’ll receive a text message confirming your bid. You’ll also receive a text if someone outbids you.

To Check the Current Bid on an Item

To check the current bid on any auction package or item, you may reply to any Qtego text message with the three digit item number of that item.

Example: To check the current bid on item number 123, reply to any Qtego text with 123 and SEND.

To Set Up Automated Bidding (set a maximum bid)

Enter the item number, your maximum bid amount, and the letter M to indicate the maximum you are willing to bid. The system will automatically bid for you until you win or your max is met. Example: To enter a maximum bid of $500 for item number 123, you would reply to any QTEGO text with 123 500M and SEND.

To Check the Bidding Status on ALL your Items

To check the bidding status on any of the items you are currently bidding on, simply reply to any Qtego text with the word STATUS and press SEND.

You’ll receive a text listing all the items on which you are currently the high bidder.

Winning Bidders

At the conclusion of the auction, you will receive a text message for each package or item that you have won. Each message will indicate the item number, item or package name and you winning bid amount.

To Place a Bid with your desktop computer, laptop or tablet

  1. To place a bid on an item or package, you must register your phone number on the mobile bidding site which is found under the Auction Items tab on website.
  2. Watch for two text messages from Qtego confirming your registration.
  3. Look for the link in the confirmation text message. The last four characters are your personal PIN. Enter your PIN when you sign in to the mobile bidding site using the link found on website.
  4. Find the item that you would like to bid on. Select the photo or description of that item.
  5. You will then be taken to a screen that lists the item number, item name, photos and a description of the item. You will also see an area where you can place your bid. Some items have bidding increments. Enter the amount that you would like to bid in the text box and press submit bid.

You can also set a maximum bid. This is the highest amount that you are willing to pay for that particular item. Qtego will bid for you in the increments listed with the item until you either win the item or you are outbid. You will be notified via text message if you are outbid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Text to Bid

Q: Do I have to be registered to bid on the silent auction items?

A: Yes, the mobile bidding site will be live approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date. Through, you will be able to access a link prompting you to type your name, mobile number, and email address. Simply enter that information and you will be registered to start your bidding. We highly encourage everyone to pre-register on prior to coming to the event. This will ensure a quick and easy check in upon your arrival at The Big Grape.

Q: When can I start bidding on the silent auction items?
A: The mobile bidding site will be live approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date.

Q: Do I have to be at the event to bid the on silent auction items?

A: No! Pre-register your phone number and information on, and you will be ready to bid.

Q: How do I bid for items on the silent auction?

A: To place a bid on an item or package, you must register your phone number on the mobile bidding site either at the event, or prior to the event through website. Please refer to the above instruction section for information on how to bid.

Q: What if I don’t have a smartphone?

A: There are multiple ways to bid on silent auction items. Use your mobile phone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet to access our mobile bidding site. You do not need a smartphone to participate. The only requirement to bid is that your phone has texting capabilities.

Q: How will I know if I won any items?
A: At the conclusion of the auction, you will receive text messages for each item that you hold the winning bid on.

Q: Am I able to register to bid at the event?

A: Yes. The Big Grape will have staff available throughout the evening to help you register for the auction and assist with other questions and issues as needed.



In the 19th and 20th centuries, European immigrants introduced various methods of vine training in Argentina and Chile. First known as the "espaldera system," the method used a low-to-the-ground traditional practice of vine training. In the 1950s, a new system was introduced allowing clusters to hang down, allowing high yielding varieties to became the backbone of the wine production industry. However, by the late 20th century, the market returned to premium wine production and actually brought back the traditional "espaldera system." Thankfully, modern technology has modified the centuries old method to continue growing premium varieties while still producing larger yields.

Thank You Our Table Hosts

  • Shawn Cable
  • Mitchell Olson
  • Kamie Roesler


  • Durigutti Malbec Classio Argentina
  • Fabre Montmayo Cabernet Reserva Argentina
  • La Flor Malbec
  • Felino Chardonnay Argentina
  • Santa Julio Reserva Mountain Blend Argentina
  • La Playa Estate Merlot Argentina
  • Norton Reserve Chardonnay Argentina
  • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot Chile
  • Montes Alpha Syrah Chile
  • Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Chile


  • Shrimp on Crostini with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Cheddar and Spinach Empanadas
  • Sambayon


The Australian wine industry is the world's fourth largest exporter of wine. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism. Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated wine regions. Australia's wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, with vineyards located in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The wine regions in each of these states produce different wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular Terroir such as climatic differences, topography and soil types. The major varieties are predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Peter and Pip Chapman
  • Sr. Mary Thomas


  • 19 Crimes The Warden
  • Penfolds Max's Shiraz-Cabernet
  • Pepperjack Baossa Red
  • Peter Lehman Portrait Shiraz
  • Mollydooker the Violinist Verdelho
  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Footbolt
  • Pillar Box Red
  • Peringa Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • Hopes End Red Blend


  • Lamb Skewers
  • Barramundi with Citrus Butter
  • Spring Pudding Cups


California was primarily known for its sweet port-style wines made from Carignan and Thompson Seedless grapes. Several well-known wineries were founded in the 1960s, including Robert Mondavi, Heitz Wine Cellars and David Bruce Winery. As the quality of Californian wine improved, the region started to receive more international attention. A watershed moment for the industry occurred in 1976 when several Californian wineries were invited to participate in a blind tasting event in Paris. In an event known as The Judgment of Paris, Californian wines shocked the world by sweeping the wine competition in both the red and white wine categories. The state's wine industry continued to grow as California emerged as one of the world's premier wine regions.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Tammy Alberts
  • Emily Bradley
  • Elizabeth Carlson
  • Lexie Frankman
  • Lynnette Johnson
  • Sandra Melstad
  • Harriet Yocum


  • Fess Parker Chardonnay
  • Schug Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
  • Frogs Leap Rutherford Merlot
  • Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel
  • The Federalist Zinfandel Lodi
  • Newton Red Label Claret Napa
  • Faust Cabernet Napa
  • Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma
  • Illumination Sauvignon Blanc Napa


  • Ahi Tuna Poke
  • Guacamole Cucumber Seaweed Wraps
  • Smoked Peach Brie Quesadillas


French wine is produced all throughout France. France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century B.C., with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France such as the Margnat wines were during the post-war period.

Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir," which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Fr. Desmond
  • Fr. Krogman


  • Dubousf Beaujolais Villages
  • Champs de Provence Rose
  • Sauvion Vovray
  • Chapoutier Belleruche Rouge
  • Didier Champalou Vouvray Sec
  • Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc
  • Jacot Macon Village
  • Famille Perin Cotes de Rhone Rose
  • Jadot Pinot Noir
  • Grey Goose VX*
  • Grand Marnier*
  • Dom B&B*
  • St. Germain Elderflower Liquer*


  • Assorted French Cheese Accompanied by Breads and Crackers
  • 'Eclaire



As a wine country, Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration. While primarily a white wine country, red wine production surged in the 1990s and early 2000s, primarily fuelled by domestic demand, and the proportion of the German vineyards devoted to the cultivation of dark-skinned grape varieties has now stabilized at slightly more than a third of the total surface.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Tom and Terry Welk
  • Sr. JoAnn Sturzl
  • Sr. Lynn Marie Welbig


  • Dr Hermann Riesling
  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QBA
  • Fritz Muller Secco Rose Dry
  • Fritz Muller Secco Muller-Thurgau
  • August Kessler Pinot Noir
  • Clean Slate Riesling
  • Schmitt Sohne Spatlese
  • Schmitt Sohne Kabinett
  • Barenjaeger Honey Liquor*


  • Rote Gruze
  • Berry Dessert
  • Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancake served with blueberry, applesauce or cinnamon sugar)



Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than 1 million vineyards under cultivation.

Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans started their own vineyards in the second century B.C. Roman grape-growing and winemaking was prolific and well-organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrel-making and bottling.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Drs. Andrew Burchett and Andrea Miller
  • Sr. Jan Mengenhauser


  • Bartenura Moscato
  • Kettmier Pinot Grigio
  • Sassoregale Sangiovese
  • Lagaria Pinot Grigio Delle Vinzio
  • Donna Laura Aleto Chianti DOCG
  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne DOCG
  • Anitori Toscana Rosso
  • Santa Christina Pinot Grigio
  • Antinori iiBruciato Red Blend
  • Tenuta de Arceno Chianti
  • Frangelico*
  • Torres Sangre de Toro Crianza*
  • Poema Rose*
  • Marquest de Caceras Reserve*


  • Foraccia Bread topped with caramelized onions, kalamata olives, tomato slices, basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese
  • Mushroom Risotto


New Zealand

New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon blanc. Oz Clarke, a well-known British wine critic, wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon blanc was "arguably the best in the world". In the 1980s, wineries in New Zealand, especially in the Marlborough region, began producing outstanding, some critics said unforgettable, Sauvignon blanc. "New Zealand Sauvignon blanc is like a child who inherits the best of both parents — exotic aromas found in certain Sauvignon blancs from the New World and the pungency and limy acidity of an Old World Sauvignon blanc like Sancerre from the Loire Valley." One critic said, "No other region in the world can match Marlborough, the northeastern corner of New Zealand's South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon blanc grapes."

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Steve and Julie Statz
  • Sr. Mary Jaeger


  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc
  • Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc
  • Astrolabe Pinot Noir Marlborough
  • Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Central Otego
  • The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sileni, The Plateau Reserve Pinot Noir


  • Venison Medallions with Aubergine Relish and Grilled Peppers
  • Chocolate Covered Pineapple


The state of Oregon in the United States has established an international reputation for its production of wine, ranking fourth in the country behind California, Washington and New York. Oregon has several different growing regions within the state's borders that are well-suited to the cultivation of grapes; additional regions straddle the border between Oregon and the states of Washington and Idaho. Wine making dates back to pioneer times in the 1840s, with commercial production beginning in the 1960s.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Cheryl Dodd
  • Marie Fredrickson


  • Benton Lane Estate Pinot Noir
  • Benton Lane Pinot Gris
  • A-Z Rose
  • Kings Ridge Pinot Noir
  • Underwood Pinot Noir
  • Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
  • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
  • Erath Estate Pinot Noir
  • Elouan Pinot Noir


  • Dungeness Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli and Pineapple Salsa
  • Maple Bacon Doughnuts

South Dakota

South Dakota wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of South Dakota. South Dakota has a small, but emerging, wine industry, which must contend with extremes of heat in the summer and cold in the winter. The only grape species that naturally performs well in South Dakota is Vitis riparia. The wineries in South Dakota have focused exclusively on cold-resistant French hybrid grapes.

South Dakota is also home to the legendary wine industry founders of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines and Jessup Cellars.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Ted Muenster
  • Jim Woster
  • Sr. Patrick Leonard Murphy


  • Ocean Vodka*
  • Wild Turkey Honey*
  • Jessup Cellars Cabernet
  • Jessup Cellars Charonnay
  • Jessup Cellars Petit Syrah
  • Tattersall Orange Crema Liquor*
  • J. Lohr Hilltop
  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay
  • Briana
  • Chambourcin


  • Bison
  • Pheasant
  • Honeycomb Corn Crisp



Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. The country has a relatively large number of distinct wine-producing regions, more than half having the classification Denominación de Origen (DO) with the majority of the remainder classified as Vinos de la Tierra (VdlT). There are two regions nominated as Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) — Rioja and Priorat — the flagship regions of Spanish winemaking. While most make both red and white wine, some wine regions are more dominated by one style than the other.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Dr. David and Mary Ann Kapaska
  • Dr. Douglas and Sandra Pay
  • Sr. Pegge Boehm


  • Ramon Bilbao Crianza
  • Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva
  • Martin Codax Albarino
  • Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva Rioja
  • Carlos Serres Gran Reserva Rioja
  • Paza de Senoras Albarino 2015
  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva Italy
  • Martini & Rossi Asti
  • Martini & Rossi Prosecco


  • Paella
  • Gazpacho Cucumber and Tomato Styles



Washington wine is wine produced from grape varieties grown in the U.S. state of Washington. Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine. While there are some viticultural activities in the cooler, wetter western half of the state, the majority (99.9 percent) of wine grape production takes place in the shrub-steppe eastern half. The rain shadow of the Cascade Range leaves the Columbia River Basin with around 8 inches of annual rain fall, making irrigation and water rights of paramount interest to the Washington wine industry. Long sunlight hours (on average, two more hours a day than in California during the growing season) and consistent temperatures also influence viticulture in the state.

Thank You to Our Table Hosts

  • Miles and Lisa Beacom
  • Derek Robey


  • Long Shadows Riesling Poet's Leap
  • Airfield Runway Merlot
  • L'Ecole Syrah Columbia Valley
  • Nine Hats Red Blend
  • Sharecroppers Cabernet
  • Skyfall Chardonnay
  • Three Rivers Red Blend
  • Skyfall Cabernet
  • Northstar Merlot
  • North by Northwest Red Blend


  • Pancetta Salmon with Parsley Vinaigrette
  • Pikes Place Cheese Cake


  • New Belgium Brewing Company
  • Fernson Brewing Company
  • Miner Brewing Company
  • Bank Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Deschutes Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Stone Brewing Brewing Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Summit Brewing Company
  • Odell Brewing Company
  • Schell Brewing Company


  • Sr. Pegge Boehm
  • Sr. Mary Jaeger
  • Sr. Jan Mengenhauser
  • Sr. Patrick Leonard Murphy
  • Sr. JoAnn Sturzl
  • Sr. Mary Thomas
  • Sr. Lynn Marie Welbig
  • Fr. David Desmond
  • Fr. David Krogman
  • Tammy Alberts
  • Miles and Lisa Beacom
  • Emily Bradley
  • Dr. Andrew Burchett and Andrea Miller
  • Shawn Cable
  • Peter and Pip Chapman
  • Elizabeth Carlson
  • Cheryl Dodd
  • Dr. Michael Elliott
  • Marie Fredrickson
  • Lexie Frankman
  • Lynnette Johnson
  • Dr. David and Mary Ann Kapaska
  • Sandra Melstad
  • Ted Muenster
  • Mitchell Olson
  • Dr. Douglas and Sandra Pay
  • Derek Robey
  • Kamie Roesler
  • Steve and Julie Statz
  • Tom and Terry Welk
  • Jim Woster
  • Harriet Yocum

"Little Grapes"

It Takes a Lot of "Little Grapes" to Make The Big Grape!

Known for their courageous spirit, positive attitude and strong will to persevere, these young children are true examples of how your gifts from The Big Grape affect lives. Called "Little Grapes," children are selected each year to share their personal stories of determination. Because of you, these children, and countless others at Avera Children's Hospital, have directly benefited from your gifts and are living testaments of what you can do for the community by supporting The Big Grape. Read below and get to know them better!



While appendicitis can be pretty serious, most people expect that a routine surgery will get you back on the road to recovery. But this wasn't the case for Jolissa "JoJo" Hanson.

JoJo, an active, healthy 9-year-old, developed serious symptoms like non-stop vomiting, stomach pain and a dangerously high fever and heart rate. She was diagnosed with complicated acute appendicitis. Due to a large abscess in her abdomen, excessive fluid from the abscess and an obstructed/perforated bowel, doctors couldn't do surgery until nearly three months later. Her body couldn't seem to fight the infection despite the heavy antibiotics she was prescribed.

Her parents, Rick and Jill Hanson, express much gratitude for many blessings during three hospitalizations at Avera Children's Hospital; the quality care delivered by doctors and nurses; the encouragement and prayers of chaplains; and even the Treasure Chest, where JoJo picked out a blanket and a bear that held her tubing out of the way. "That bear never left her side," Jill said.

Leah, a Child Life Specialist, did activities with JoJo, such as syringe painting to keep her mind off the discomfort. "JoJo would get sad and depressed; Leah helped her each time," Jill said. Regardless of the size of gift to The Big Grape, "it comes from the heart and speaks volumes," Jill said. "Saying thank you doesn't seem like enough. It made a world of difference to JoJo."

Today, JoJo still feels some twinges of pain from scar tissue. Yet she's playing basketball and softball after being restricted from sports for so long. Now, she just wants to stay healthy so she can do whatever she wants to do.

Peyton and Maria

Peyton and Maria Portrait

Casey Kills-in-Water will never forget the day – she’ll never forget the call. Her husband, Lawrence, took their two older children to school while she stayed with their two younger girls at their home in Wagner, S.D.

“An hour went past, and I started getting worried. Then I got a call from the hospital. In just a second, our whole lives changed,” Casey said.

After a devastating motor vehicle accident in March 2015, Peyton and Maria were hospitalized for several weeks at Avera Children’s Hospital. Lawrence also was hospitalized with a shattered ankle and broken vertebrae. Peyton, now 7 years old, sustained a spinal cord injury left him unable to walk. Maria, now 11, suffered from a traumatic brain injury. “There were nurses who were there for Peyton when I had to be with Maria,” Casey said.

During the long hospital stay, the family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House at the Walsh Family Village, which is supported by generous philanthropic donations. Peyton later was readmitted to the Avera Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) during a bout of pneumonia. When they were ready, both children were transferred to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Today, Peyton is doing well in school and likes to play video games. Maria had to relearn everything from talking to walking. “She has progressed much better than expected,” Casey said. “Her future is wide open.”

Day by day, the family is recovering from this devastating event. “My goal was to be a family again,” Casey said. Peyton wants to walk again, and he continues to undergo physical therapy. “We tell him not to give up – that we are not giving up hope that he will walk again. Miracles can happen,” Casey said.



Most parents don't expect to see their child go from a healthy childhood to having a rare neurological disorder, almost overnight.

But that's exactly what Ryan and Sarah Peterson experienced with their son, Ryker.

"Up until age 3 he had a normal childhood, and it just hit," Sarah said. Ryker was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which causes serious symptoms such as confusion, loss of balance, blurred or loss of vision, muscle weakness leading to the inability to walk and feed oneself and more.

Ryker's bout with ADEM left him with damage to his optic nerve, affecting his vision. To help prevent future relapses and help him gain ground, Ryker is treated with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG), which requires that he come to Avera Children's Hospital every four weeks for a six- to eight-hour infusion.

Although this requires multiple pokes, Ryker, age 5, loves seeing his "hospital ladies" and playing on the iPads carried by the Child Life Specialists. "He walks in like he owns the place, and the nurses all love to see him," Sarah said.

The Peterson's appreciate the spiritual support of the chaplains and the patience of care staff. "There were times I would apologize for being a wreck, but no one ever got frustrated with me. They are always there for Ryker no matter what he needs."

People who donate to The Big Grape may not realize all the good they are doing, Sarah observes. "They know they are helping someone but they don't get to see the full picture."

Ryker likes going to the Treasure Chest, and he benefits from time spent with the Child Life Specialists. "They offer a sense of security," Sarah said. "These services are vital and need to continue."



When an MRI was recommended for their
9-month-old son, Laura and Rob Brown expected it to be routine. Wright had been having mild seizures which were controlled by anti-seizure medication.

So it was a shock when a mass, described as a ganglioglioma tumor, was detected. Wright underwent several hospitalizations and surgeries at Avera Children’s Hospital.

“One of my biggest fears was that we were going to have to travel far to receive the level of care we needed,” Laura said. “So when they told us we could get our care here in Sioux Falls, it was such a relief.”

The Browns appreciated the relationships they developed with caregivers. “It was such a comfort, that no matter what, they were going to take care of him and provide the best care.” Spiritual care was also a comfort. “Faith is important to me, and when you’re at a faith-based hospital, there is a different level of care,” Laura said.

Today, Wright is an active 5-year-old despite the chance of developmental delays. His one setback is his vision, compromised from the tumor pushing on his optic nerve. He benefits from wearing glasses, and has adjusted to them. Otherwise, he has no limitations and actually excels – especially at math. “We are thankful for the support of current programs such as the Child Life Specialists at Avera Children’s,” Laura said. “From the surgical team to nurses and radiologists, they all had his best interests at heart.”


Thank You to The Big Grape 2017 Sponsors!



Media Sponsors


Napa Valley

  • DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design
  • Ideal Wedding and Events
  • Sioux Falls Construction, A Journey Group Company


  • Cutler Law Firm, LLP
  • Eide Bailly, LLP
  • First Bank & Trust, N.A.
  • Great Western Bank
  • Interstate Office Products
  • Koch Hazard Architects
  • Novak Sanitary Service
  • Security National Bank
  • Sisson Printing
  • Thompson Electric
  • Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith, P.C.

It's Not Too Late!

The Big Grape offers sponsorship opportunities for everyone to support patients and families at the Avera Children’s Hospital. From cash to in-kind sponsorships, The Big Grape provides a variety of giving levels to match your company or organization’s marketing goals and budget.

Learn More!

There's still time to sip, savor and support! Call 322-8900 or email for more information.


The Big Grape continues the tradition of improving the lives of children and families through partnerships with friends and sponsors who share in our vision of outstanding health ministry. Thanks to your generous support, proceeds raised continue to be used to enhance pediatric care at Avera Children’s Hospital.

What Your Gifts Support:

  • Pediatric Social Workers to offer convenient coordination during your stay
  • Child Life Specialists help make a child’s hospital stay less intimidating through play and education
  • Children's Champion recognition program supports positive reinforcement and necessary encouragement to aid in the healing and recovery process
  • Advanced technology to provide world-class care

Creating a family-friendly facility for our patients and families is a priority. Funds from The Big Grape are also used to provide a colorful, kid-friendly and family-centered environment. There's a play room with lots of toys and games, and each child gets to visit our "Treasure Chest" to take home a special prize after their stay.

Children also have access to free family-friendly movies on demand and games. We have special programs like developmental play and pet therapy to comfort and engage children during their stay.

A Toast to You!

Thank you to all those who have supported The Big Grape. Through your generous gifts, children and families in the community continue to benefit from the mission-based care provided at Avera Children's Hospital.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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