Avera celebrates campaign success

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


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The capital campaign to raise funds for renovation of Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital ended on a high note Oct. 5 at a celebratory dinner at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School armory.


The campaign’s initial fund-raising goal of $750,000 from private donations was shattered in a surprise reveal by steering committee co-chairs Bill Poppen and Ken Roeder. The campaign managed to raise $1,658,110, adding almost $1 million in unforeseen monies for the renovation.


Glasses were raised as donors and organizers toasted the success of the project with sparkling grape juice. The event was catered by Countryview Catering and featured chicken, pistachio pork and pumpkin crème-puffs for dessert.


The line up of speakers were unanimous in their praise of De Smet’s generosity and progressive spirit. The community stepped up in 1960 to raise funds for the original hospital building, then again in 1988 when the facility was upgraded and now a third time to provide needed updates.


“The donations were spread around the county,” said hospital administrator Janice Schardin. “The extra donations will completely cover new furnishings for the renovated facility. All equipment purchased with these private monies will now stay in De Smet in the unlikely event that the hospital changes ownership.”


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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