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Thank you to everyone who virtually raised their glass for the 21st Annual Big Grape: Reimagined. Because of loyal partners like you, children and their loved ones can continue to receive quality care guided by Christian values.

The current situation poses challenges that affect us all. Unfortunately, the needs of Avera Children's Hospital continue to rise making your support even more vital. We invite you to take this time and reflect on something positive. As we fill our minds with better times, think about how these memories are affected by quality care.

Now, take a moment to make a difference. Simply click on the link below to make a gift; any amount is appreciated and will go a long way. You CAN make a difference.

Special thank you to all the volunteers and members of the silent auction committee for their hard work coordinating the virtual event. And congratulations to all our silent auction winners!

On behalf of the Avera Foundation and the entire Avera family, thank you for your diligent support and please consider making an additional contribution to ensure the health of your community.

Support Avera Children's Hospital


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.


Thank You to The Big Grape 2020 Sponsors!



Media Sponsors



Napa Valley

  • Republic National Distributing Company
  • DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design
  • Ideal Wedding and Events


  • Component Manufacturing and Reaves Building Systems
  • Interstate Office Products
  • Novak Sanitary Service
  • Security National Bank of South Dakota

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 from Luxury Auto Mall!

From all of us at Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls, we want to personally thank you for attending The Big Grape and opening your hearts to the children and families in our community. We are proud to stand next to The Big Grape in raising the reputation of Sioux Falls as one that cares for its people. Because of your support of our Cadillac, BMW and Mercedes-Benz dealership, we have been able to do this.

Thank you!
Mike Chaplin, General Manager

Little Grapes

Overcoming Obstacles: Claire and Elena

Sisters Claire and Elena share much more than just last names, they also share a diagnosis. At the age of 2, young Claire started showing symptoms of coughing, reflux, congestion, and trouble sleeping. After seeing an ENT and then Dr. Nanton at Avera Children’s Hospital, she was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). The esophageal disorder is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. If left untreated, EoE can lead to permanent damage and swallowing difficulties.

Thankfully, her loving parents Danielle and Dean took immediate action. They began working closely with the care team at Avera Children’s where they determined the best course of action. After six long years of trial and error, a growing Claire has her disorder mostly at bay with proper medications, special diet and even environmental modifications.

The young family was put to the test again when older sister Elena began showing similar symptoms. They found themselves back at the starting point but with a different child. A confirmed diagnosis meant even more hospital visits and appointments. It also meant getting a feeding tube for Elena along with proper medication, special diet and environmental changes. Thankfully, Danielle had already made their home “allergy-proof” and was used to cooking for special dietary needs. However, they still live with the day to day special considerations depending on what is going on at school and beyond.

Thanks to the caring team at Avera Children’s Hospital, the girls have adapted well and are living life to the fullest. They really enjoy seeing Leah, a child life specialist, on Mondays when they come to the hospital for routine EGD’s. She is a bright spot on these stressful days and provides much appreciated support to the whole family.

Parents Danielle and Dean are grateful for events like The Big Grape for supporting vital programs such as the Child Life team and numerous other services and programs. To show their overwhelming appreciation, Claire and a friend even asked that gifts from their birthday party last year go to supporting other patients at Avera Children’s by raising over $100 in toys and gifts to be used for the Treasure Chest on the pediatrics unit. Elena used a school project to conduct a book drive and collected over 100 books and over $100 cash for the Child Life program before Christmas this year along with two of her classmates. They are paying it forward and honored to support the Big Grape, too!

Strength and Courage: Sydney and Sophie

Full of smiles and laughter, sisters Sydney and Sophie enjoy all the things little girls love to do. Hard to believe they spent countless hours being treated for severe frost bite and hyperthermia after being involved in a serious car accident that claimed the lives of their father and brother.

True survivors, the girls narrowly escaped the tragic event and were airlifted to Avera Children’s Hospital where they were stabilized before being transferred to an Iowa hospital’s burn unit.

Today, over a year later, the girls are living life to the fullest but are still coping with the aftermath of the accident. With only minor loss of sensation in their extremities, their family is grateful for the care they received and are still impressed with the coordination of care from the time they were initially rescued. Between the Careflight team’s quick responses to the Child Life Specialist’s compassionate communication, the girls were able to heal physically and were even provided grief counseling to help cope with their losses.

Thanks to generous gifts from events like The Big Grape, all children and families are able to receive life-saving care that extends beyond the hospital walls.

Braveheart: Samuel

Four-year-old Samuel may have been born with a heart defect but that has not slowed

wed him down. This dinosaur-loving little boy continues to navigate life with a smile. Diagnosed at birth with a heart murmur, his care team and family hoped he would grow out of it. But as he grew, he began having more issues. After undergoing extensive testing at Avera Children’s Hospital, they discovered Samuel had a bicuspid valve and aortic stenosis, dangerous defects that affect his aortic valve. The doctors told the young family that it was likely he would deal with heart issues for the rest of his life.

In 2016, he underwent a balloon dilation procedure to widen the valve and allow better blood flow. Deemed a success, little Samuel was discharged the next day. His mother, Mariela, is forever grateful for the care Samuel received. From the child life specialist team to the treasure chest filled with toys, the family’s worries were put at ease. Even though he will live with the condition for the rest of his life, Samuel continues to overcome obstacles despite having to undergo regular check-ups and potential surgical procedures.

Today, Samuel is thriving and was even looks forward to seeing his care team on a regular basis. He especially loves playing in the children’s area and enjoys the occasional visit from a therapy dog. Thanks to generous contributions and community support in The Big Grape, vital funds ensure this type of quality care be available to all.

*Photos courtesy of Karen at Sunflower Photography

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