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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.



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Little Grapes: Where Are They Now?

Bravery, spirit and the will to overcome obstacles; these are just a few words that describe what it means to be a “little grape.” This year, in celebration The Big Grape’s 20th anniversary, we caught up with a few of the past “little grapes” to see first-hand how your support continues to change the lives of community for years to come. 

Braveheart to Athlete: Meet Kendon

Most six-year-olds can’t wait for a trip to Disneyland. For Kendon, he couldn’t wait for a new heart. In 2003, a simple case of sour stomach led a young family of five on a journey that would end with a new outlook on life.

After being admitted to Avera Children’s Hospital, the medical team worked quickly to save his life; draining excess fluid from his heart and performing vital tests and scans. Shortly after he was diagnosed with a deadly heart condition and they began to treat his symptoms. 

But the disease was progressing very quickly. Soon the word “heart transplant” was first brought up. Three months later, Kendon received his new heart. After a successful surgery, Kendon began living life to the fullest and now in high school where he even participates in school sporting activities. Thanks to generous partners from like you, Kendon’s parents continue to be amazed at what he can do both on and off the court and are grateful for the care they received.  

Fearless and Fun: Meet Eryka

A miracle baby twice – young Eryka spent most of her early life battling health-related issues. After a rough start as a premature twin, she managed to lead an active life with her siblings on their farm. But a tractor accident landed her back in the hospital with life-threatening head and arm injuries. But her strong will came through once again.

She underwent regular physical therapy and follow-up appointments at Avera Children’s Hospital. She quickly was on her way to recovery and isn’t letting her medical issues get in the way of her adventurous spirit.

Today, Eryka is now a healthy, happy little 11-year-old. She still sees double and probably always will but it doesn’t slow her down at all. She loves reading and playing softball. This year, she started playing the flute and enjoys time spent outdoors with her older brother and twin sister.

Journey to Health: Meet Mason

At her 20-week ultrasound, first-time mother, Jessica, thought it would be a typical appointment – find out the gender and take home pictures. Instead, she learned she carried a deadly antibody that would threaten the life of her unborn child. 

Diagnosed with a syndrome that causes pregnancy-related complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery or severe preeclampsia, Jessica and her husband Joe, expected a stillborn child to be their fate. 

But week after week, Jessica’s body reacted positively to a blood thinner which was administered to allow the pregnancy to progress to 26 weeks. She underwent an emergency caesarean section and welcomed little Mason into their lives, weighing a mere 1 lb, 3 oz. In the beginning, Mason struggled with infections but went on to reach milestones while staying in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Avera Children’s. 

Today, Mason is a very happy, healthy second grader and has no lasting health effects from his severe prematurity. He enjoys waterskiing, knee boarding, wake surfing, music and reading. Go get 'em Mason!

A Second Chapter: Meet Zach

In 2006, Zach had his first major hospital stay when he overcame E coli. He was treated for the deadly infection and went on to make a full recovery; leading the life of a healthy, active, sports loving 7-year-old. But this wouldn’t be Zach’s only medical obstacle. On December 1, 2015 at the young age of 16, Zach suffered a brain aneurysm while playing basketball. He was immediately flown to Sioux Falls where an emergency surgery saved his life. He spent the next few weeks under observation and was discharged on Christmas Eve.
While Wayne and Becki still consider that the best Christmas gift they have ever received, they also credit the quality care he received. Nine months since his surgery, a determined Zach was back playing varsity football. After a successful high school career, Zach graduated with honors and lettered in many sports. Today, he is currently a freshman at South Dakota State University where he is majoring in Computer Science.

Inspiration and Determination: Meet Lauren

Growing up is hard. But growing up while undergoing cancer treatment is even more difficult. Meet Lauren, a bright young woman whose life was on the line when she was diagnosed with pediatric cancer 10 years ago. At the age of 12, Lauren’s life went from lockers and basketball games to hospital beds and medications. Despite her diagnosis, Lauren forged ahead and continued to have a positive attitude – even wanting to work in medicine someday so she can help kids in similar situations.

Today, Lauren is living out her dream. With her cancer in remission for over ten years, she went on to graduate high school and college and is currently working as a registered nurse. To this day, she will never forget her time being sick, but credits the loving care givers at Avera Children’s Hospital for shaping her life and is grateful for events like The Big Grape for supporting vital programs and services for children.

Little Fighter: Meet Catherine

Young Catherine was your typical little four-year-old girl until one January morning when her life changed forever. While the rest of her family was getting out of bed and going about their daily routines, Catherine woke to find she couldn’t walk.

Her parents immediately rushed her to the local clinic where she underwent countless tests and saw numerous physicians. After weeks of pain and discomfort, her parents took her to Avera Children’s Hospital. Catherine was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and began several medications. Shortly after, she was able to walk again. Catherine continued to undergo treatment and quickly adapted to her obstacles. As for her parents, they remain thankful to Avera and are forever grateful for the exceptional care their daughter received.

Today, Catherine still receives regular infusions to keep her pain and inflammation under control. Although she will likely need a double hip replacement before she's an adult as a result of her disease, Catherine continues to enjoy each day that she's feeling well by reading, doodling and playing with her siblings. Way to go Catherine!

Brotherly Love: Meet Micah and Jase

Quite the charmers, 2-year-old Jase and his little brother Micah were all smiles and the best of friends in 2010 when the Big Grape first featured their stories. You would never have known by looking at their photo that they were once fighting for their lives. Both were born weeks premature and spent time in the Avera McKennan NICU before going home. 

Today, Jase is now 12 years old and continues to beat the odds. He has zero lung issues (after struggling with premature lung disease); zero heart issues (after dealing with conditions with holes in his heart); zero growth issues, zero eye problems (after having the vision-saving laser surgery while in the NICU) and zero developmental issues. He remains a healthy, strong boy who is active, loves sports, reading and music. 

His ten-year-old younger brother Micah also remains in good health. Both smart and active, the kind-hearted cutie hopes to someday be a veterinarian. He is also an avid fisherman, plays soccer, enjoys reading, bad jokes and playing games.

Giving Hope: Meet Natallie

After a typical pregnancy, young Natallie was welcomed into the world on August 1, 2012. But within the first five weeks, her parents began to notice their infant develop twitching movements. After watching with a closeful eye, they decided to make a doctor’s appointment. What they found out changed their lives forever.

After much testing and observation, the caregivers at Avera Children’s Hospital informed the new parents that their infant was having seizures. The cause was unknown. After much testing, Natallie was eventually diagnosed with Malignate Migrating Partial Seizure Disorder. Natallie proved to be a fighter and despite frequent hospital stays and emergency visits, her family remained optimistic.

Today, Natallie is now 6 1/2 years old and attends kindergarten and is the sweetest, happiest little girl. Thanks to the quality care she receives at Avera Children's Hospital, she went from having over 100 seizures a day to having only a few and some days no seizures at all! Although doctor appointments and hospital stays remain a part of young Natallie's life, she continues to enjoy hobbies which include playing games, music, fishing, swimming and spending time with her family. Natallie has made huge strides in her health and it shows; she continues to love life! 

Making Strides: Meet Andrew

Born with a rare genetic birth disorder called CHARGE syndrome, Andrew became a familiar face at Avera Children’s Hospital. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, children like Andrew born with the multiple life-threatening defects of CHARGE often surpass expectations. Andrew was one of them. 

He continued his battle but with strong determination and character. His family says he's a true joy to be around and an inspiration to others facing similar obstacles. 

Today, Andrew is 14 years old and has made tremendous strides over the last couple of years. Recent procedures have improved his vision and overall quality of life. For hobbies, Andrew enjoys horseback riding and playing basketball with the Special Olympics. He also enjoys bowling and playing video games.

Always Smiles

A winning attitude and warm heart may have earned young Kaitlynn the title of Miss Congeniality at a local Snow Queen contest in December of 2011, but after suffering life-threatening injuries from a rollover car accident, her recovery has proven to be one competition after another. Thankfully, her team of caregivers at Avera Children’s Hospital gave her a chance to win… and lead a normal life. 

After being treated for broken bones at a local hospital, she didn't get on the road to recovery but rather the road to Sioux Falls where a team of caregivers stood by waiting for her arrival. During an exploratory surgery, Kaitlynn suffered two strokes and additional life-threatening injuries were uncovered. After months of rehabilitation, she began to show signs of progress but still struggled with speech. 

Today, Kaitlynn is embracing life and has recently gotten married. Although she is still unable to speak, she has learned to communicate through sign language. She was able to graduate with her high school class and continued her education to become a massage therapist. Currently, she is working as a dietary aid at a nursing home and enjoys living military life and spending time with her nieces, teaching them how to sign. Despite all the struggles, she continues to smile.

A Reason to Celebrate: Meet Grace

Grace Rule was a smart, vibrant ten-year-old who was hospitalized for 19 days in May 2009. It was just a couple days after school got out when Grace got sick. Excited for the summer, Grace went to dance class one day but came home complaining of pain in her shoulder. Within an hour she had uncontrollable vomiting and was taken to Avera Children's Hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and needed a chest tube. 

Grace's first week in the hospital was the toughest. She began her stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). It was also her 10th birthday. On her special day, she got to move from the PICU to a regular room. When she arrived, the nurses had decorated her room for her birthday. After finding out Grace had to cancel her birthday party, the Child-Life Specialists arranged friends to celebrate with her. 

Today, Grace is a student at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota and is living an active college life. 
She is involved in various sports but most enjoys visiting her grandparents at Avera Prince of Peace and spending time with friends and family. Thanks to the quality care she received, her immune system has gotten much stronger with age. Way to go Grace!

Strength and Determination: Meet Eve

With a story of sheer determination, it’s the power of care and compassion that continues to shine bright on spirited Eve. The three-year-old toddler accidentally swallowed acid while living in an orphanage in Liberia. Despite limited resources and access to advanced healthcare, Eve survived only to rebound with deadly esophageal issues years later. But with the love and concern of one young couple from Iowa who had started a non-profit organization in Liberia, Eve was taken to the United States where she received state-of-the-art care. Although her condition was far bleaker than initially expected, she continues to undergo surgeries to dilate her esophagus and the family remains optimistic for her future. 

Today, Eve remains happy and healthy despite undergoing a grand total of 54 surgeries to stretch her esophagus and eliminate the scar tissue that resulted from the accident. Eve is joyful and kind, friendly, outgoing and has a number of hobbies and interests. People are really important to Eve and she has a special way of making everyone around her feel loved and appreciated. Thank you Eve for being an inspiration to us all!


Thank You to The Big Grape 2018 Sponsors!





Media Sponsors


Napa Valley

  • DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design
  • Great Western Bank
  • Ideal Wedding and Events


  • Cutler Law Firm, LLP
  • Component Manufacturing and Reaves Buildings
  • Eide Bailly, LLP
  • First Bank & Trust, N.A.
  • Great Western Bank
  • Interstate Office Products
  • Novak Sanitary Service
  • Security National Bank of South Dakota
  • Sisson Printing
  • Thompson Electric

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


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