Brookings Health System Foundation Raises Funds for Brookings Police AEDs

Posted: 8/14/2017

The Big Dogs repeat at first place in the Adult Team category. From left: Mark Widman, Terry Wieczorek, Rich Widman and Conor Rude.More than 30 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s eighth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 10 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

Net proceeds of $21,650 will help purchase ten new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) units for Brookings Police Department vehicles. 

“Many situations require our law enforcement officers to serve as first responders to a medical situation and AED units are essential tools in performing that service to our community,” said Brookings Acting Chief of Police Dave Erickson. “Thanks to all who supported this event and the resulting funding from Brookings Health System Foundation, we can upgrade our vehicles to the most current AEDs.”

Top youth individual with a score of 40, Evan Koerner and runner up Landon Moe with his score of 34.AEDs are easy-to-operate tools for individuals without a medical background to help treat sudden cardiac arrest and analyze the heart’s rhythm. If necessary, they deliver an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

“Many thanks to our sponsors and the more than 150 participants and volunteers,” said Foundation Director Barb Anderson. “Runnings provided the ammunition, HyVee contributed a great meal, and thanks to the weatherman, the teams enjoyed cool temperatures as they took turns completing the nine-station sporting clays course.”

Three youth teams were underwritten by Ardelle Roberts, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Brother’s Pharmacy, The Exchange, Falcon Plastics, Dimensional Insight, Swanson & Young and US Foods.

“We are thankful that a number of our kids could be part of this competition today,“ said Ron Koerner, one of the coaches for the Brookings High School clay target club. “This is only the second year for the State of South Dakota clay target league and Brookings had 41 kids participate at the high school level. Events like this help us improve our skills for league, plus the kids can win some great prizes.”

The perfect individual score is 50. Winners from the event include:

  • First Place Adult Team —135; Big Dogs (defending champions): Mark Widman (Tea, S.D.) and Rich Widman, Conor Rude and Terry Wieczorek, all of Brookings.
  • First Place Adult Individual — 40; Chris Karch (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Second Place Adult Individual— 36; three-way tie Rich Widman (Brookings, S.D.); Jamie Lantgen (Lake Nordan, S.D.) and Jeff Smyrak (Brookings, S.D.)
  • First Place Youth Individual— 40; Evan Koerner (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Second Place Youth Individual— 34; Landon Moe (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Drawing, Individual Participant— Jim Kramer (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Drawing, Team— Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Ghost Clay Drawing— David  Wagner (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Lowest Individual Score –  Bailey Jo Galbraith (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Top Score Station Nine –  Bill Retterath (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Early Bird Drawing –  Glenn Hofer (Elkton, S.D.)

Other event sponsors included Dacotah Bank; Larson Manufacturing; Kraus-Anderson Construction; Avera Medical Group Brookings; Banner Associates; Thompson Electric; 3M Brookings; Mills Construction; Valero Renewables; Kerry’s Landscaping; Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen; Kjergaard Sports; Kone Elevators; Bowes Construction; Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill; Scheels Sioux Falls; Sanford Brookings; Midwest Glass; Eide Bailly and Metropolitan Mechanical.

The following businesses sponsored adult teams: Avangrid Renewables; Basin Electric Power Cooperative Deer Creek Station; Brookings Police; Century Business Products; Daktronics; Regional Home Builders; Tessier’s; Twin City Fan and WW Tire. Two teams were organized by individual SDSU employees.

For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or

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 Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or

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