Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser Pushes Capital Campaign Over $2.2 Million Mark

Posted: 8/19/2015

Big Dogs was the highest scoring adult team at Brookings Health System Foundation’s sixth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser. Pictured from right to left are team members Conor Rude, Mark Widman, Rich Widman and Terry Wieczorek.A record-setting 29 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s sixth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

Proceeds from the 2015 event pushed the Progress Lives Here hospital expansion and renovation capital campaign to over $2.2 million of its $4.6 million goal.

Hunter Newman took home the top prize in the youth category at the Brookings Health System Foundation’s sporting clays fundraiser. He is pictured here with Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson. “The sporting clays event is unique and it keeps growing every year,” said Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson. “We thank our sponsors, participants and volunteers whose involvement supports the future of health care in our community.”

Winners from the event include:

  • Top Score Adult Team—140; Big Dogs: Rich Widman (Brookings, S.D.), Conor Rude (Brookings, S.D.), Terry Wieczorek (Brookings, S.D.) and Mark Widman (Tea, S.D.). Each received $100 gift card to Scheels Sioux FallsRod Brandenburger earned the top adult individual score at the Aiming to Inspiring Health fundraiser. Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson presents him with his prize.
  • Top Score Adult Individual—47; Rod Brandenburger (Brookings, S.D.). Received $100 gift card to Scheels Sioux Falls.
  • Second Place Adult Individual—43; Chris Karch (Brookings, S.D.). Received $50 gift card to Gas ‘N More.
  • Top Score Youth Individual—35; Hunter Newman (Brookings, S.D.). Received $50 gift card Walmart.
  • Second Place Youth Individual—33; Hunter Jensen (Brookings, S.D.). Received binoculars from Kjergaards Sports.
  • Drawing, Individual Participants—John Hockett (Brookings, S.D.) and Jim Juhnke (Brookings, S.D.). Each won a punch card from Outdoor Adventure Center good for their choice of 12 archery or handgun range sessions.
  • Drawing, Teams—Banner Associates Straight Shooters. Won a two hour facility and equipment rental from the Larson Nature Center.
  • Ghost Clay Drawing—Chris Wooge (Russell, Minn.). Received $100 prize package from Kjergaard Sports.
  • Lowest Individual Score—Clark Drew (Brookings, S.D.). Received $100 prize package from Kjergaard Sports.
  • Top Score Station Nine—Bill Paulsen (Bruce, S.D.). Received $100 prize package from Kjergaard Sports.
  • Early Bird Drawing—Bill Retterath (Brookings, S.D.). Received $100 prize package from Kjergaard Sports.

In addition to First Bank & Trust, event sponsors included Larson Manufacturing; Daktronics; Dacotah Bank; Sodexo; Helsper, McCarty, Mahlke and Kleinjan Law Office; Banner Associates; Sanford Health Brookings Clinic; The Exchange; Runnings Farm & Fleet; Back in Motion Chiropractic; Clites Electric; Allegra; Central Business Supply; Courtesy Plumbing; Outlaw Graphics; Brookings Register; Town & Country Shopper and Brookings Radio.

The following businesses sponsored teams: Regional Home Builders; Twin City Fan; Brookings Auto Mall; Clark Drew Construction; Deer Creek; WW Tire; Iberdrola Renewables; Mills Construction; Avera Medical Group Brookings and Krause-Anderson. Two youth teams were sponsored by Ardelle Roberts and Clark Drew Construction.

For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you can support the hospital expansion and renovation project, please contact Foundation Officer Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System Foundation

The mission of Brookings Health System Foundation is “Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of local healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.” Gifts to the Foundation support charity health care for those less fortunate, health and wellness education, facility, equipment, and technology upgrades and other needs as they arise at Brookings Health System. For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you may contribute, please contact Foundation Officer Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center, White Medical Clinic and Volga Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.