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Prettier in Pink: Avera Think Pink Month a Success

Throughout the month of October, numerous promotions and events took place to raise awareness for breast cancer. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, community partners and donors like you, over $43,000 was raised to benefit patients and families at the Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls. Thank you for thinking pink!

Special Thanks to the Following:

  • J&L Harley-Davidson
  • Glamour Defined
  • 9Round Fitness
  • Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar
  • First Bank & Trust
  • Haases Pink Ladies
  • Indian Motorcycle Riders Group
  • J&M Transmission and Auto Service
  • Liz Schaff at Salon Artist Suites
  • Oh My Cupcakes!
  • O’Gorman Volleyball and Athletics
  • Orion Food Systems
  • Shop, Sip & Celebrate Like a Survivor!
  • Siouxland Library Sewing Club
  • Southeastern Electric Cooperative
  • University of Sioux Falls Volleyball
  • West Lyon Volleyball

Here's a Look at October's Festivities!

Compassion, Care and CUDDLES

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 $7,700 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.

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.

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.

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

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