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Thank you to everyone who supported The 19th Annual Big Grape! Guests enjoyed an evening of elegance as Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations, was used as a muse for this annual premier wine tasting event that raised $125,000 to benefit children and families at Avera Children's Hospital!

From authentic French cuisine to fine wine, it was a night to remember! Thank you to all for supporting children and families at 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.



Food for Magwitch

  • Roasted Whole Hog with Pickled Veggies
  • Pickle Platter with Various House-Made Pickles and Onion

Christmas Dinner

  • Alligator Bites with Breaded Sauce
  • Leek and Zucchini Tart
  • Stewed Rabbit with Dumplings

Dining with Miss Havisham

  • Corned Beef and Multi-Roasted Carrots
  • Brunswick Stew/Guiness Beef Stew
  • Corn Bread

Wedding Feast

  • Chocolate Bread Pudding Truffle
  • Carrot Pudding
  • Millefruit Biscuits
  • Historic Cheesecake
  • Croquembouche

Dinner at Jaggers House

  • Crab Canapes
  • Cured Meat and Cheese Platter with Forced Asparagus

Joe and Pip at the Pub

  • Blackened Trout with Spicy Kale and Herb Roasted Veal

The Satis House Dinner

  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Raw Bar
  • Smoked Gravlox
  • Sausage Puff Pastry


The Blue Boar

  • Kathryn Hall Cabernet
  • Quintessential Red Blend
  • Leviathan Red Blend
  • Met Soleil Chardonnay

Barnard's Inn

  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet
  • Duckhorn Merlot
  • Seghesio Zinfandel
  • Orrin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay

Finches of the Grove

  • Meiomi Pinot Noir
  • Rodney Strong Merlot
  • BR Cohen Cabernet
  • Clos de los Siere Malbec

The Lamb & Flag

  • Martini & Rossi Asti Spumanti
  • Martini & Rossi Prosecco
  • Toriasco Moscato d’Asti
  • Seaglass Reisling

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • J Pinot Noir
  • Matua Rose
  • Conundrum White Blend

The One Tun

  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir
  • Fleur De Mer Rose
  • Trapiche Medella Malbec
  • Chateau St. Jean Sparkling Rose

George & Vulture

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Imagery Pinot Noir
  • Beringer Brothers Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay
  • Decoy Pinot Noir

Little Grapes

It Takes a Lot of "Little Grapes" to Make The Big Grape!

Known for their courageous spirit, positive attitude and strong will to persevere, these young children are true examples of how your gifts from The Big Grape affect lives. Called "Little Grapes," children are selected each year to share their personal stories of determination. Because of you, these children, and countless others at Avera Children's Hospital, have directly benefited from your gifts and are living testaments of what you can do for the community by supporting The Big Grape. Check back later and get to know these brave little champion more!

Little Blessing: Brileigh

BrileighThe tragedy of losing one twin at birth and the stress of having the other twin in the NICU is a lot for one young family to bear, but it happened to Jordan and Samantha Ziegler of Tripp, S.D.

Having gone into labor at just 24 weeks, Samantha began having contractions and was taken by ambulance to Avera McKennan. Despite diligent efforts to stop labor, Caleigh was stillborn. Soon, they learned that the health of both baby and mother would be compromised by keeping the unborn twin in the womb, so Brileigh was delivered weighing just 1 pound, 9 ounces.

A compassionate bereavement team at Avera was brought in to help set up services for Caleigh. Meanwhile, NICU physicians and nurses were busy keeping young Brileigh on the path to good health. While Brileigh proved to be a “rock star” in her progress, sometimes the loss and fear became overwhelming to Samantha, who recalls days when a nurse would just sit by her side, holding her hand. She appreciated how much the nurses truly cared for her family, and honored Caleigh’s memory whenever possible.

Throughout 139 days in the NICU, accommodations at the Ronald McDonald House at the Walsh Family Village allowed the Zieglers to stay with their baby as much as possible. Now over 2 years old, Brileigh has fully caught up and is developmentally on track.

A Tale of Two Cuties: Drake and Henley

Drake and Henley

When they learned they were having twins, Bryce and Kelsey Mitteis of Verdigre were elated. Too early into the pregnancy, however, Kelsey went into labor. After efforts to stop labor at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., she was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center where she would undergo an emergency C-section.

Drake and Henley were born at only 24 weeks old. Henley weighed just 1 pound while brother Drake was 1 pound, 6 ounces. The babies would spend the next 144 days in the newly constructed NICU. Part of this time, the twins benefited from the advanced technology of the Giraffe OmniBeds,which are incubator and radiant warmers that promote development along with mother/infant bonding. While the twins grew, parents Bryce and Kelsey utilized the convenient, on-campus lodgings of the Ronald McDonald House at the Walsh Family Village. Throughout their stay, both Bryce and Kelsey were amazed by the compassionate staff and continue to be grateful. Today, both Drake and Henley are living life to the fullest and have no developmental delays.

A Spring of Hope: Presley


When 2-year-old Presley started to run a temperature one weekend, her parents Nate and Ashlei Timmermans of Brandon, S.D., figured it was a standard bug. Yet when her sickness continued, they took her to the Emergency Department, where they were told Presley would need an emergency appendectomy.

That’s not all – she also faced a bowel obstruction, and needed a second surgery to repair it. All in all, it was a long ordeal for a little girl.

The family had a great experience with Avera starting with the fast actions at the Emergency Department. They were able to see a physician right away and found the entire team to be very helpful and considerate – especially the compassionate nurses. They also really enjoyed their experience with Child Life Specialist, Leah, who connected with the family on a personal level. During Presley’s lengthy hospital stay and recovery, Leah frequently took her on small walks and used play therapy to aid in healing. Because her stay was during Halloween, the pediatric department threw numerous Halloween activities. This was both great for Presley’s spirit and also gave the family a break. Today, young Presley is doing great and has no lasting set-backs from her surgeries. Thanks to the care at Avera Children’s Hospital, she’s back to doing everything little 3-year-olds typically do – playing with dolls and Barbies, and dressing up as a princess.

Growing and Glowing: Teghan

TeghanCould time at the hospital actually be fun? It is for Teghan Ordal, thanks to the Child Life Specialists, Leah and Twila. At the age of 1, Teghan started experiencing recurrent respiratory, sinus and ear infections. Since his body is unable to fight infections on its own, simple infections became more serious, resulting in his multiple surgeries by the age of 5.

At age 5, Teghan was diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia. He receives immunoglobulin infusions to make his immune system temporarily stronger. He will continue to need monthly infusions for the rest of his life. Child Life Specialists have been an integral part of Teghan’s adjustment to his illness. They provide him with activities, crafts and projects to do while he spends a day at the hospital every four weeks. In his words, “Without Leah, it would be pretty boring at infusions. She makes it fun.”

Teghan loves it if he gets to go to the Treasure Chest to pick out a special prize. It is an awesome day if he opens that Treasure Chest door and sees a Lego set.

Teghan, the son of Lance and Julie Ordal, is now an extremely active 10 year old, thanks to his immunotherapy. He loves being outside, playing baseball, swimming, and enjoying the lake. No one would know he has a medical condition by looking at him. He experiences problems about two to three times a year, when he requires a week or so of steroids and frequent nebulizer treatments, as compared to almost monthly in previous years.


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

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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