De Smet Event & Wellness Center receives donations

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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The De Smet Event and Wellness Center received two significant donations Tuesday at a luncheon attended by about 35 people.

 

Jack Crowl of Ashton, Iowa, and Becky Connor of Winfred, cattle buyers for 

Tyson Foods, Inc., presented community foundation members with a Tyson Foods, Inc., Charitable Giving Grant in the form of a $50,000 check.

 

Tyson Foods, Inc., is involved in chicken, beef and pork production. They provide charitable investments to communities through a grant program.

 

Crowl said local cattle ranchers Bob and Nancy Montross applied for the grant.

 

Bob knew where to go,” Crowl said. Crowl said the De Smet area has a lot of livestock, which is good for promoting their industry.

 

The grant will buy 55 tables and more than 400 chairs for the event center.

 

“We’ve got the center built. Now we’re getting it furnished,” De Smet economic development director Rita Anderson said.

 

John and Jean Fox also made a donation of $75,000 in memory of their son Monte.

 

Their donation will be used for landscaping around the building and for the area between the center and the football field.

 

Tuesday’s donation was not the first large contribution the Fox family has made.

 

“John and Jean had already made a significant contribution,” De Smet Development Corporation President Tim Aughenbaugh said. “It’s very appropriate that this is done in Monte’s name, especially for the transition between the building and the football field. Monte was a young man who enjoyed football.”

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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