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.
The seventh annual ‘A Night on the Prairie’ celebration and fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Huron Event Center.
Kathy Sigle, of Spearfish, is the featured artist. Her original art will be auctioned off, along with commemorative pieces that will be part of a grand prize vacation drawing.
It’s the signature fundraiser benefiting the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The Foundation supports the many youth and adult education programs of the South Dakota Farmers Union.
Each year, dozens of donors and sponsors make the event possible. If you’re interested in donating an item for auction or sponsoring the event contact SDFU Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow at 605-940-9070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the event are $50 per guest and seating is limited. To reserve your ticket contact Angela at 605-352-6761 ext. 111 or email@example.com
Thousands of young people across the state of South Dakota will benefit from the over $105,000 raised Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the 6th annual ‘A Night on the Prairie’ event with proceeds going to the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The Foundation supports youth and adult cooperative and leadership development programs of the South Dakota Farmers Union, an annual scholarship program in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance which provides $25,000 in scholarships for high school seniors in South Dakota, and other rural development efforts and programs.
“It was a fantastic evening with so many volunteers and donors stepping up to provide the much needed funding that will go straight to helping our young people succeed,” said SDFU Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow. “The funds we raised tonight well support our cooperative and leadership development education programs which build our future leaders.”
‘A Night on the Prairie’ is an annual event featuring a banquet, live and silent auction items, games and prizes. Over 200 people from across the state attended the event held at the Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center in Aberdeen. Gene Hammond of Brandon served as the master of ceremonies, Ben Meyer of Huron was the auctioneer, and Miss South Dakota Loren Vaillancourt of Huron attended the event and helped with several activities.
“We’re thankful that there are so many supporters of the Foundation across South Dakota,” Rupiper Morrow said. “People gave from the heart, and it’ll make a big difference in the future of South Dakota. Young people will continue to have the chance to build their skills and become leaders in their communities because of what happened at the event.”
“A Night on the Prairie” was the final activity during the South Dakota Farmers Union’s 96th annual state convention held Feb. 11-12 at Aberdeen.