2021 community sponsorships and partnerships

2020 certainly changed how we could all come together as a community, but it did not change the need for strong community partnerships. As we look to (hopefully) put the pandemic behind us, there are still so many things we can do to support each other. Here are some of the events and organizations we are privileged to partner with, and we welcome everyone who is able to join us.

Summer

Painting the Rock Pink

Paint The Rock Pink Ladies Charity Golf Tournament raised $31,000 for local cancer patients this year. The (mostly) ladies only event — one husband crashed the party to cheer on his wife as she golfed — was a lot of fun again this year. We sponsored the hole in one contest at Hole 12; unfortunately, no one got a hole in one to win the $5,000 cash prize. But we still loved the chance to meet the golfers. Some of the teams have been playing this tournament together for more than a decade, so it’s a little like a reunion every year. Seeing the creative cart decorations is a highlight as well. And, the vodka lemonade was a hit as always. A huge thank you to the Golf Club at Red Rock for hosting and to Monument Health for putting on this great event every year, and to all of the golfers who supported a wonderful local cause!

Classic cars on display

The Cruzers Car Show was July 31 at the Rushmore Mall parking lot in front of the food court. They had a great turnout, with classic cars and trucks of all kinds on display. The Rapid City Police Department even stopped by, with an officer showcasing the department’s 1967 Dodge. The day also included a food truck, R/C car racing, and carnival rides!

RCFD wins Guns and Hoses Blood Drive competition

The 16th annual Guns and Hoses Blood Drive was June 22-25 at the Rushmore Mall and raised 600 units of blood this year. Each year the Rapid City Police Department and Rapid City Fire Department compete to see who can generate the most donations. RCFD – aka Team Fire – won by 48 units this year. Vitalant reports there is still a critical blood shortage, so if you are able to donate, visit vitalant.org/ for more information!

Black Hills Playhouse

The Black Hills Playhouse debuted an outdoor venue this year, to show off its lovely setting in Custer State Park and feature socially distance seating. They had another great season, with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and “Altar Boyz.” Here’s a link to this year’s playbill: issuu.com/blackhillsplayhouse/docs/bhp_2021compressed?fbclid=IwAR2sZqy2xfYxyle_av0unHCa1XIaMgHFNOS5tJrF22p6JCw1M5tPy0Z7-t0

Tom Pfeifle Memorial 5K Run/Walk

This year’s Tom Pfeifle Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Sept. 11. The race is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., with the location tentatively set at Raider Park in Rapid City. The annual 5K run/walk raises funds for Raider Park, which is a 30-acre area north of Rapid City Stevens High School. The park’s development through the Tom Pfeifle Memorial foundation has increased student and athletic department use, and serves as a way to honor the memory of outdoor enthusiast and athlete Tom Pfeifle, who died in 2016. For more information, or to contribute to the continued development of the park, visit www.tompfeifle5k.org.

Spring

Walk for Wishes

This year’s Walk for Wishes was May 22 and was once again a virtual event, inviting people to walk on their own and post photos with the hashtag #WalkSDMT. Modern Woodmen matched donations made during the annual fundraiser.

Tire roll Rush winner

A big congratulations to Chris Hiten, who won our intermission tire roll game! Hiten was one of four participants in the game played during the intermission of the May 2 Rapid City Rush hockey game. Everyone who attended that game could sign up at our booth for a chance to play the tire roll. Hiten and three other names were randomly drawn and selected to play, which involved using a hockey stick to roll tires around the rink and into a goal. Hiten displayed the greatest prowess with a hockey stick – fitting for a die hard Rush fan – and was the first to roll his tire into the goal. His prize for winning is $750 toward a set of new tires! Thank you to everyone for participating, and go Rush!

Club for Boys Corporate Free Throw Challenge

The annual Club for Boys Corporate Free Throw Challenge was March 22-26. Thanks to our Honda team members who participated this year: (from left) David Reichert, Terry Hillman, Crystal Quenzer, Taylor Knigge and William Kirksey.

For more information, visit theclubforboys.org 

Cornerstone Rescue Mission

Cornerstone Rescue Mission in downtown Rapid City has provided food, shelter and counseling for homeless people in the Black Hills since 1982. Before COVID, the mission housed up to 160 men every night, and fed twice that many. Every year, they hold Cornerstone Celebrates, a banquet, to raise funds to support their mission. For more information on next year’s banquet, contact Deb Berg at 605-718-8712.

Brakers Softball Team

The U-14 Brakers Softball team competes in softball tournaments across the state, and are the 2020 South Dakota Youth Fastpitch State Champions. Community partners help these talented young athletes buy new equipment and uniforms. We are proud to partner with them again this year, and excited to see what their season holds!

Tees for Keys Golf Tournament

This year’s Tees for Keys Golf Tournament starts at 9 a.m. May 27 at the Golf Club at Red Rocks.

This is the 13th annual Tees for Keys tournament, which is a fundraiser for Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit helps families in need build affordable houses. For more information on the tournament, visit https://www.blackhillshabitat.org/events/tfk2021/.

Winter

Radio-thon raises funds for St. Jude

This year’s Black Hills Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon raised $76,228. The annual fundraiser was Feb. 24 and 25 on X-Rock (101.1 and 101.3) and Eagle Country (95.9 and 96.3). St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases at no cost to the families who receive care. Most of St. Jude’s funding comes from donors, which is why we are proud to partner with Riverfront Media each year to support this fundraiser. For more information, visit stjude.org.

Rapid City blood drive draws big numbers

Vitalant in Rapid City collected 252 units of blood during its annual Community Heroes Blood Drive last week. January is National Blood Donor Month, a yearly observance created to alert people to the need for blood donations – especially during the winter, when donations typically wane. If you missed the drive, you can still donate. For more information, visit Vitalant – Rapid City on Facebook, call 877-258-4825 or visit their website at vitalant.org.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Monument Health Foundation held its annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink T-shirt fundraiser and awareness campaign in January. Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a national effort held during rodeos and western events to get out the message about breast cancer prevention and to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.

Monument Health’s campaign falls during the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, and raises funds for the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute. The official day to wear pink shirts during the stock show was Jan. 30. We encouraged employees at our stores to wear their pink shirts Jan. 22 and/or Jan. 29, to help get the message out about this great cause.

For more information, visit https://monument.health/about-us/monument-health-foundation/help-fight-cancer/tough-enough-to-wear-pink/ .

 

 

Year-long community partners

  • Prairie Ridge Golf Course at Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Box Elder Chamber of Commerce
  • Make-A-Wish South Dakota & Montana