Over $17,700 in Net Proceeds Raised at Aiming to Inspire Health Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Posted: 8/19/2013

Funds go to Brookings Health System Outreach Specialty Clinic

Winners from the fourth annual Aiming to Inspiring Health Fundraiser include, from left to right, Rich Widman, second place adult; Hunter Jensen, top youth; Daryl Englund, ghost clay winner; Carter Shoup, ghost clay winner; and Rod Brandenburger, top adult.Over 100 hunting and firearm enthusiasts supported Brookings Health System Foundation last Thursday evening at the fourth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser. The event, presented by First Bank & Trust, was held at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

“Based upon the initial tally from sponsorships and shooting registrations, the event raised approximately $17,775 in net proceeds, all of which will go to help furnish and equip the new outreach specialty clinic at Brookings Health System’s hospital,” said Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson.  

The new clinic, scheduled for completion fall 2013, will have a separate entrance, three exam rooms, a procedure room and office space for the visiting doctors. The clinic will occupy remodeled space from the former nursing home, Brookview Manor.

Hunter Jensen of Brookings walked away with the top youth under 16 shooter award with a score of 23. Rod Brandenburger was the top adult shooter with a score of 42. Both received a $100 Scheels gift card. Second place in the adult category went to Rich Widman, shooting a score of 37. Helsper & Mahlke was the top team with a score of 128. Team members Reed Mahlke, Chad Bortnem, Dustin Kjelden and Robert Winter each received a $75 Scheels gift card.

Participants who hit a ghost clay during their round were entered into a drawing. As a result, Daryl Englund, Rick Holm and Carter Shoup each won hunting gear from Kjergaard Sports of Lake Benton, Minn. Allen Gordon won a pair of binoculars when his name was drawn from the 74 early bird deadline registrations.

The event also included free hunting dog demonstrations by dog breeder Rod Brandenburger. Topics covered obedience, bird/game pointing, tracking and retriever training.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants who helped make the event a success this year,” said Anderson.

In addition to First Bank & Trust, event sponsors include Avera Medical Group Brookings, Larson Manufacturing, Mansheim State Farm, Helsper & Mahlke, P.C., Clark Drew Construction, Falcon Plastics, Sodexo Food Services, Horty Elving Architects, Sanford Health Brookings Clinic, HyVee, Twin City Fan, Rude’s Home Furnishings, Loft on the Level, Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill, Banner Associates, Clites Electric, Kerry’s Sprinklers, Omnicare, Eide Bailly, Pheasant Restaurant, The Exchange, Bankstar Financial, Outlaw Graphics, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Muth Electric, Heartland Vet Clinic, Kreiser’s Inc., Earthbend and Courtesy Plumbing.

The event was also supported by in kind contributions from Brookings Radio, Kjergaard Sports, Scheels Sioux Falls, Runnings, Dacotah Bank, Central Business, Minuteman Press, Swiftel Center, Walmart, Brookings Register and Town & Country Shopper.

Brookings Health System Foundation works to cultivate philanthropic gifts to 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, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for 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.