The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation’s signature fundraising event, ‘A Night on the Prairie,’ held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Huron Event Center, raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the youth education and leadership programs of the South Dakota Farmers Union.
“We’re supporting the next generation of leaders in South Dakota, and the funds raised at this event will have a major impact on the future of our state,” said South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow. “So many people gave so generously, and the funds will ensure that the education and leadership programs the Foundation supports will continue build our future leaders who will have an impact on their local communities.”
About 150 people attended the 7th annual ‘A Night on the Prairie’ event. They played games and won prizes while also participating in silent and live auctions.
The proceeds from the event support Farmers Union summer youth camps which teach the next generation about the power and importance of cooperatives and agriculture, along with other life skills that they’ll use far into the future; the Rural Economics and Leadership (REAL) Development Program which teaches leadership, public speaking, and other skills to adults; the Junior REAL Program which brings leadership and financial training to high school juniors and seniors in rural South Dakota; and the ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ Scholarship Program which has awarded $100,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in South Dakota over the past four years.
Kathy Sigle, of Spearfish, was the featured artist. She donated a painting called As Good as Gold which was auctioned off during the event. Chris Studer, of Huron, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Ben Meyer was the auctioneer, and reigning Miss South Dakota Anna Simpson, of Rapid City, was also an honored guest at the event.