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Thank You for your Support:
The 10th Annual HeARTS in Healing Breaks Records!

    2020 Live Auction

    Dinner with the Dunns 

    The dinner of a lifetime! You and five friends will ride in a limousine, courtesy of Royal Limousine, to Brookings, SD where you will dine with South Dakota State University President, Barry Dunn and his wife Jane.

    "Morning Blast" by Paul Schiller

    This 15" X 40" work of art is taken from the lens of long time HeARTS in Healing supporter, Paul Schiller. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise scene from the Eastern shores of Lake Okoboji, IA. Would look remarkable in any home or cabin. Digital photo on Dibond aluminum with matte finish. Retail value of $1,450.

    "A Strong Command of the Language" by Shaine Schroeder

    This piece of original artwork measures 25.5” x  31.5” framed and is described by the artist as a sense of reality.  "Art is how I see things and I can't shut it off," adds Schroeder.  "There's a perpetual circus in my head. I don't want it to resemble a photograph. If that were the case, I'd save fifty hours and click the shutter button. People toil away on details like getting every eyelash to look exactly how it does on a model. I put it on paper exactly how I see it. To me, that's realistic. It’s about filtering what you see through your own head space and life experience. Some think art is silly, but it's the only thing I've ever taken seriously."

    "Rise Up" by Kelly Tadlock

    This original piece of art measures 47.75” x 23.75” and was painted to depict the emotions of people who struggle with loss, addiction and despair in their lives. Though we often feel weighed down by the stress and emotion these moments bring us, this painting shows the strength each person has to rise up and push through these difficult and challenging times.       

    "Life, a Master Study after Michelangelo" by Darwin Wolf

    Back by popular demand! This icon of the Italian Renaissance is reproduced in classic relief by local sculptor and long-time Avera supporter Darwin Wolf. In creating the appearance of an aged plaster fragment, the panel is actually cast in a hi-tech, lightweight material.  The result is a stunning edition weighing less than 15 pounds. It can also be adapted for wall or ceiling installation. The winning bidder for this item will have their choice between deliveries by the sculptor of the actual piece on the auction or may collaborate with Darwin to create a custom reproduction to fit your color scheme. Many tones of plaster, ivory, sandstone or other lighter stone can be utilized. 

    "Bluetiful" by Mary Payton

    This colorful piece of original art measures 36" x 36" and used acrylic and watercolor pencil on a gallery canvas. Titled "Bluetiful", this dynamic piece fosters a calm and serenity feel through its depiction of big skies and deep seas. Adding opposition, the color blue lends the peaceful overtone but small dancing strokes of black, ivory and pink lend action and excitement. The two opposing feelings play together and inspire a happy energetic vibe reminiscent of a coral reef, fireworks on a summer night or explosions of confetti at a celebration while the soothing properties of the color blue create a quiet finished piece. "In the midst of working on it, the play of color just kept inserting itself into the brush strokes," adds Payton. "I began to feel the joy and it's a beautiful reminder that life has so much in store for us. Sometimes you just have to be willing to let it happen."

    Plain and Cimpl

    Father Chuck Cimpl and our own HeARTS in Healing Auctioneer, Jim Woster, will host ten people at Father Cimpl’s home at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Enjoy great food, beverages (your choice of libations will be available), along with wonderful conversation.

    Dinner with the Sisters

    This has been the item to win in years past! Join the Sisters for stimulating conversation during an evening of wonderful food, beverages and fun. This package is for up to six guests at the Sister's home. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind package only offered by the Sisters of Avera.



    Gold Sponsors
    U.S. Bank*
    Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.*
    Journey Group *
    Sands Drywall, Inc.
    Boyce Law Firm, LLP*

    Silver Sponsors
    Eide Bailly, LLP*
    Great Western Bank*
    Maguire Iron, Inc.*
    First Bank & Trust*
    Sisson Printing*
    Thompson Electric Company*

    Bronze Sponsors
    Avera Medical Group Midwest Psychiatric Medicine
    Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry Associates
    Avera Heart Hospital
    Component Manufacturing Company and Reaves Building Systems*
    Kevin and Linda Engbers, Pinnacle Wealth
    Interstate Office Products*
    Koch Hazard Architects
    Security National Bank of South Dakota*
    Smithfield Foods Inc.
    Wells Fargo Bank

    Current Friends of Behavioral Health

    Shawn and Jim Barnett
    Michael and Jenny Bergan
    Amy and Thomas Bosch
    Jasmine Buseman
    Mark Cimeley and Georgia Keenan
    Dr. William and Gail Fuller
    Don Griffin
    Matt and Peggy Griffin
    Dr. Beverly Gunderson
    Loren Haiar
    Wade Hauglid
    Helpline Center
    Michi Hittle
    Connie Irish
    Daniel Jorgensen
    Dave and Mary Ann Kapaska
    Rob Keisacker and Dr. Nicole Christenson-Keisacker
    Rich and Cindy Korman
    Tim and Kori Kromminga
    Ron and Josette Lindahl
    Steven and Patricia Lindquist
    Richard Molseed
    Anne and Scott Morstad
    Dan and Jean Murphy
    Mary Nettleman
    Thomas and Dody Otten
    Dr. Michael and Rachel Person
    Ann and Chris Schiltz
    Sioux Chapter - South Dakota Counseling Association
    Dr. Timothy and Elizabeth Soundy
    Southeastern Behavioral Health Care
    Dr. Matthew and Susan Stanley
    Natasha Sundet
    Bob and Lori Sutton
    Don and Peg Thomas
    Shawn and Lisa Van Gerpen
    Tamera Vik, MD
    Mark and Sarah Vortherms
    Alicia Warrington
    Dr. Jay and Katie Weatherill
    Jim and Karri Wiederrich
    Jim and Penny Woster

    *Cornerstone Society Member


    HeARTS in Healing offers opportunities for everyone to help the patients and families at the Avera Behavioral Health Center.

    Get Started!

    Contact Elijah Bonde, Annual Giving Coordinator, to become a sponsor to day!


    Sponsorship Levels

    Platinum Sponsorship ($5,000+)
    • Name in event program and event website
    • Facility recognition one week prior to event
    • 15 event tickets

    Gold Sponsorship ($3,000)

    • Name in event program and event website
    • Facility recognition one week prior to event
    • Twelve event tickets

    Silver Sponsorship ($2,000)

    • Name in event program and event website
    • Facility recognition one week prior to event
    • Ten event tickets

    Bronze Sponsorship ($1,000)

    • Name in event program and event website
    • Facility recognition one week prior to event
    • Eight event tickets

    Additional Opportunities

    Become a "Friend of Avera Behavioral Health Center" by making a gift of $250 – $1,000 and be recognized accordingly. Or, make an online gift of any amount to benefit the patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health.

    Make a Gift Online


    Thanks to supporters like you, proceeds from HeARTS in Healing directly benefit patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health Center through the Art in Healing Program and patient/family navigation services. Thank you to our artists, sponsors, event attendees for making gifts to support the health and well-being of the local community.

    Art in Healing

    Avera Behavioral Health Center provides excellent care through passionate staff, state-of-the-art facilities and the latest treatment methods. Our dedication to guiding the future of behavioral health care has led to innovative treatment methods including the use of art for healing purposes. Below are some stories from patients who have directly benefited from your gifts!

    "I cannot believe the difference in our son. You helped me find the child I knew was in there. He smiles easily, jokes around, is playful and doing well in school. He’s improved so much since hospitalization. Thank you to the staff for the care provided to our son and family."


    "All of the Avera Behavioral Health staff was absolutely supportive, uplifting and positive and I commend the entire staff for what they do. I believe they are all good and faithful servants. They truly are God's mission that has come to help us when we cannot help ourselves. I got a lot out of this stay and can’t thank you all enough. Everyone deserves a thumbs up!"


    "The nurses and techs literally went above and beyond the call of duty and never invalidated me or my feelings and condition. They were great. I didn't think they could teach me much, but they did! I learned a lot that will stay with me always."


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