$10,000 awarded to White River… | South Dakota Community Foundation

$10,000 awarded to White River Grandstand Committee

February 12, 2024 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants
Sound system

South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the White River Grandstand Committee. Funding will support a new sound system for the rodeo arena.

The White River Grandstand Committee was formed as a subcommittee of the local American Legion, with the mission to replace unsafe bleachers. The group was able to achieve their goal and has expanded to support all the arena’s structures. The arena is an important community center, and its fiscal impact is especially important to the area. It not only generates local businesses but also enhances the community socially and spiritually. The group is seeking support for a one-time project to replace the old sound system. A new sound system is a necessity to continue to promote the arena and its substantial number of events.

“These funds are instrumental in helping our organization’s mission of supporting the sustainability and growth of our community through a number of rodeo events. Having a reliable sound system will make the spectators’ experience more pleasurable and will make everyone want to continue attending these summer events, which will help our community thrive,” says Donna Green, Treasurer, White River Grandstand Committee.

Rodeo committee cmyk check presentation
Photo left to right: Committee Members and SDCF Staff: Donna Adrian; Gene Hight; Dawn Gordon, SDCF Grant Program Assistant; Bill Adrian; Donna Green, Treasurer, White River Grandstand Committee; Casey Krogman; Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer; and Chuck Adrian.

“We are incredibly pleased to saddle up with the White River Grandstand Committee on the purchase of a new sound system supporting White River’s local events. Rodeos are a popular and exciting sport that connects people along with providing economic growth. The ungraded equipment will have a substantial impact on the community,” says Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF.

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $31 million in grants in 2023 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.