Giving Back for March

March 30, 2018

Giving Back recognizes businesses and organizations that are helping our communities.

Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends

Eight high school seniors have received $5,000 Legends for Kids Scholarships. The award recognizes student athletes for exceptional character in leadership in athletics, school and community involvement. Developed in conjunction with Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends, the scholarship program was created by Hy-Vee, Sanford Health and First Premier with support from KELO-TV, Beal Distributing, Audi of Sioux Falls, Novak Sanitary Service, Argus Leader Media, Dean Foods/Land O’ Lakes, Lamar Advertising, Pepsi-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Principal Financial, Smithfield, Burger King, GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club and Schoeneman’s Building Materials.

The Bridges at 57th

The Bridges at 57th has been collecting donated items in March as part of Wishing Weeks for the Children’s Home Society. Participating shops accepted new items every week, and donors received 10 percent off a single purchase from that location. The stores collected school and learning materials, clothing and accessories, playtime and recreation items, and arts and crafts materials. Among those participating were Amavo, Dakota Seafood, Eddy Joy Baby Boutique, Flyboy Donuts, Forget Me Not, J.Ella Boutique, Kidtopia, Posh Boutique, Rainn Salon, Shop Dog Boutique, Travel Leaders and Vanessen’s Hair Design.

Wishes in Flight

A statewide campaign March 1 for unused airline miles raised more than 1 million miles for Make-A-Wish South Dakota. More than 70 percent of the wishes granted to children with critical illnesses require air travel, making it the largest expense of the state chapter’s annual wish budget. The statewide campaign was made possible by KSFY-TV, NewsCenter1, Five Star Call Centers, Midco and The HomeSlice Group.


Zoup restaurants in the U.S. and Canada raised $100,000 for No Kid Hungry and Breakfast Club of Canada during National Soup Month. Customers who donated $2 or more received a coupon for free soup on their next visit.

Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has given a $5,000 equipment grant to Dr. Sam Milanovich of Sanford Health to use in his pediatric cancer research. The Sioux Falls office earned the grant by winning Northwestern Mutual’s 2017 Race for Research. The team raised the most money in a 10-week period selling lemonade for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

East River Electric

East River Electric is raising money for LifeScape with its 54th annual Mountain Oyster Feed. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. April 4 at Nicky’s Restaurant in Madison. In addition to mountain oysters, the menu includes pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw and desserts. More than 100 door prizes will be given away, and there also will be a raffle and silent auction. Ticket packages are $10 and $20 for adults. Over the years, the event by the electric cooperative has raised more than $200,000 for LifeScape.

Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce

Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce will raise $19,000 for BronzeAge Art Casting, a commercial art casting foundry, as part of its biennial Lucky Number art show fundraiser April 6. A lottery drawing determines the order in which sponsors, who have purchased tokens, get to choose artwork that’s on display. The 57 pieces of art can be viewed weekdays in the gallery of the marketing firm at 400 N. Main Ave.

Sioux Empire United Way

The Sioux Empire United Way has awarded almost $200,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit agencies that have been in existence for fewer than three years. The Community Impact Grant funds will be used for programs that provide a variety of services such as support for caregivers of older adults, free diapers and wipes for low-income families, and safe housing for children whose families are experiencing a short-term crisis situation.

Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation has given grants to three South Dakota nonprofits as part of its fiscal 2017 program. The American Red Cross received $25,000 for its effort to reduce death and injury caused by home fires. Special Olympics South Dakota will use $25,000 to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Working Against Violence Inc. received a $30,000 grant to address the specific needs of children in the shelter and promote community awareness and education.

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