Building up the Black Hills: Our community sponsorships in 2022

As a member of the Rapid City community, we love being able to support organizations and event that make the Black Hills a better place to live for everyone. We’d encourage you to take a look at what we’re involved in, and learn more about how you can help! It takes everyone doing their part, and we’re proud to do what we can.

Spring

Autism Society of the Black Hills

This year’s Uniquely You 5K is Saturday, April 30, at Old Storybook Island (2911 Canyon Lake Drive). The seventh annual event registration starts at 12:30 p.m., with runners starting at 2 p.m. and walkers starting at 2 p.m. Proceeds support the Autism Society of the Black Hills and its summer programs. Visit https://autismsd.org/2022/02/7th-annual-uniquely-you-5k/ for more information.

YFS Kids Fair

It’s back! After two rough years of cancellations due to … well, we all know why – the Youth and Family Services Kids Fair is back on the books for the first weekend in April. This year’s triumphantly returning event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 at The Monument in the Barnett Fieldhouse (North and East Concourses) and Rushmore Hall. Tickets are $5 per person; children 6 months and younger attend for free. You can buy tickets at the door, or in advance by calling 605-342-4195. For more information, visit www.youthandfamilyservices.org/kids-fair/.

We plan to have our race cars and race track again this year, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Club for Boys

The 28th annual Club for Boys Corporate Free Throw Challenge was March 22-25 at the Club for Boys Gymnasium. Our team this year was (pictured from left to right): General Manager Terry Hillman, Permaguard specialist Bethany Davis, Parts Consultant Taylor Knigge, Sales Consultant Casey Evans and Sales Consultant Nick Thurman. For more information, visit theclubforboys.org/corporate-free-throw/

Working Against Violence

The Working Against Violence Spirit of Peace Beach Social is March 26 at the Best Western Ramkota Conference Center. It is WAVI’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and includes an online auction that starts 7 p.m. March 18. Tickets are $85, and available on their website here. WAVI started in 1978, and provides food, emergency shelter and other services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Cornerstone Rescue Mission

This year’s Cornerstone Celebrates banquet is Saturday, March 5. This annual banquet raises funds for Cornerstone Rescue Mission, which provides food, housing and Christian counseling for the homeless.

Summer

Colton Derr Foundation

The eighth annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament to support the Colton Derr Foundation is July 17 at Prairie Ridge Golf Tournament. Tickets are $75 per person and available online at www.sergeantderrfoundation.org/. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact the Knights of Columbus at kc8025golftournament@gmail.com. The Colton Derr Foundation is a veteran advocacy organization that helps soldiers transition back into civilian life, and is especially working to reduce the number of military and veteran suicides.

Tees for Keys

Habitat for Humanity’s golf tournament fundraiser, Tees for Keys, is June 2 at The Golf Club at Red Rock. Registration is at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. start. Tickets are $150 for individuals, or $600 for a team of four until April 30. Starting May 1, tickets are $175 for individuals and $700 for a team of four. Visit www.blackhillshabitat.org/tees-for-keys/ to buy tickets and register.

Winter

Vitalant Community Heroes Blood Drive

The Community Heroes blood drive is held every January to boost post-holiday blood donations, when they typically drop off. The annual event seeks to celebrate blood donors as everyday heroes.

This year’s drive collected 154 units of blood over two days at Rushmore Mall, which is especially wonderful since COVID numbers were still high and keeping many people from venturing out.

There is still a nationwide shortage of blood units, and donations are still needed. Our friends at Vitalant said even if someone has never given blood before, it’s never too late to start. Most people can donate, but only 3 percent of them do. Why? Vitalant said people’s top reason for not donating is that they are never asked. So, consider this our friendly neighborhood ask – if you’re able, go donate! You can look for times and sign up at donors.vitalant.org.

But wait, there’s more!

Can’t get enough community involvement? Here are some more publications/organizations we think you should check out:

We update throughout the year, so check back often! If you’d like to apply for a sponsorship, visit www.menholtauto.com/sponsorships.