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10th Annual HeARTS in Healing

February 1, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Avera Specialty Hospital

Enjoy an evening of HeARTfelt generosity benefiting patients and families at Avera Behavioral Health Center.

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    2019 Live Auction

    "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Mary Payton

    This 36” x 36” x 1.5” acrylic paint and colored pencil piece is featured on gallery wrapped canvas, unframed and sealed with archival quality products. The vivid painting, by Mary Payton, is intended to remind the viewer that there is beauty everywhere. As in life, it contains moments of complexity and simplicity, intensity and emptiness, sporadic movements and calm, anxiety and peacefulness, contrast and cohesion. But as one whole, it encompasses all of this and becomes a happy, energetic piece. Mary’s work is about the exploration of color and how color affects the viewer. As a visually impaired artist, she is interested in less tangible things and concentrates on abstract, non-representational paintings. She wants the work to reach emotions in the viewer without tying them to person, place, or thing. Her work is generally bright and vivid and plays with calm vs active areas.

    "Horizon Hearts in Healing" by Kathleen Fesler and the Horizon Elementary 1st Grade Classes

    This piece, which measures 25" x 28.75", truly is the "heart" of what HeArts and Healing is all about. First grade students from Harrisburg Horizon Elementary collaborated to create a multi-media piece based on the color studies of Abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. They also got to experience the beauty that can happen when we all work together and share our hearts with others.

    Donated by Tamara Vik and Lisa Garrett

    "Intersection" by Kelly Tadlock

    The painting is a 18"x 60" piece by Kelly Tadlock. Kelly was born in Sioux Falls and currently lives in Brandon. When creating, Tadlock is motivated by structure and balance while constantly taking risks and pushing the medium to its limits. She is fascinated by the relationships found in her artwork;  tension between colors, space and balance, all reflections of personal experiences and emotions.

    "Sunrise on Tallgrass Ave" by Joan Zephier

    Oil painting that is 48" x 12". Joan’s body of work focuses on the emotional stories of addiction, recovery, family and spirituality and how it looks in her own life. She works in many mediums to express her life, always seeking to communicate a spiritual and human connection in her art. Her philosophy is that every single person has a story and every single person has an artist spirit. Our unique story, told in a visual way, has the ability to connect with someone else in ways that our words cannot.

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

    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 lbs. It can 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 collaborating with Darwin to create a custom reproduction to fit your color scheme. Many tones of plaster such as ivory, sandstone or other lighter stone can be accomplished. Sorry, not available in neon green, blaze orange or hot pink.

    "The Wind Takes You" by Amanda Viau

    Framed painting - 27 x 51

    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

    Past winners vie again and again for the opportunity to 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 Sisters’ home. Set your date for this package with the Sisters.

    Florida Vacation Package

    Seven days, 6 nights in the beautiful villa at the amazing Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa. Conveniently located close to Orlando's theme parks and shopping with plenty of on-site amenities. This is a top choice for Florida vacation destinations. Includes gift card towards airfare. Dates subject to availability. Must be used by 12/31/19.

    Here We Go Again Tour

    Four floor seats to Cher's "Here We Go Again" Tour at the Premier Center on May 16th.


    Thank you to the 2019 Event Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

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

    Silver Sponsors

    Eide Bailly, LLP*
    First Bank & Trust, N.A.*
    Great Western Bank*
    Ideal Wedding & Events*
    Maguire Iron, Inc.*
    Journey Group Company*
    Sisson Printing*
    Thompson Electric Company*

    Bronze Sponsors

    Avera Medical Group Midwest Psychiatric Medicine
    Avera Medical Group TMS Therapy
    Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry As.
    Avera Heart Hospital
    Component Manufacturing and Reaves Buildings Systems*
    First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard
    Interstate Office Products*
    Security National Bank of South Dakota*
    Smithfield Foods Inc.
    Wells Fargo Bank

    Current Friends of Behavioral Health

    Rich and Sue Aguilar
    Dr. Michael and Jenny Bergan
    Dale and Judy Blauwet
    James and Linda Breckenridge
    Dr. Nicole Christenson-Keisacker and Rob Keisacker
    Brian and Audra Eide
    Mike and Amy Elliott
    Dr. William and Gail Fuller
    Matt and Peggy Griffin
    Dr. Beveryly J. Gunderson
    Wade Hauglid
    Helpline Center, Inc.
    Michi Hittle
    Connie Irish
    Kathy and Tad Jacobs
    Rich and Cindy Korman
    Tim and Kori Kromminga
    Steven and Patricia Lindquist
    Paul and Michelle Lavallee
    Mary and Steve Maertens
    Richard Molseed
    Anne and Scott Morstad
    Thomas and Dody Otten
    Ann and Christopher Schiltz
    Sioux Chapter of the South Dakota Counseling Association
    Dr. Timothy and Elizabeth Soundy
    South Dakota State University Foundation
    Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare
    Matt and Susan Stanley
    Natasha Sundet
    Lori and Bob Sutton
    Dr. Shawn and Lisa Van Gerpen
    Tamara Vik, MD
    Mark and Sarah Vortherms
    Alicia Warrington
    Jim and Karri Wiederrich
    Dr. Nancy Wise-VanderLee and Jerry VanderLee
    Mary Wolf and Chuck Weis
    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."


    Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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