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SDCF recognizes Huron Couples with Hometown Hero Award

March 3, 2024 // Community Savings Account, Donors

Anson E. and Sheron M. Chapman, Douglas and Rhonda Kludt and Steve and Karen Marcus of Huron, South Dakota, were awarded the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) Hometown Hero award for establishment of sub funds of the Huron Community Foundation (HCF).

“We are grateful to these families for their continued support for the Huron area,” said Steve Gohn, HCF President. “It is because of generous donors like these that we are able to create a true legacy for our community.”

SDCF Hometown Heroes, a remarkable group driven by an unwavering passion for community growth, have been instrumental in creating a sustainable legacy for causes important to South Dakota. Their dedication has inspired a wave of support, positively impacting countless lives.

Pay it forward. The Chapmans

Anson and Sheron Chapman are lifelong residents of Huron.

“Gene and Sheron Champman are a great example of giving back through their lifetime,” said Gohn. “Huron Community Foundation is grateful to partner with them in honoring their commitment to Huron. They have a personal belief to pay it forward during their lifetime and will accomplish this through their newly created fund.”

Their intentions were to provide funding to charities with the greatest need in the Huron community and believed the local community savings account was the best way to accomplish this.

They most liked the idea of being able to give many types of assets to their endowment. SDCF and Huron Community Foundation are grateful to partner with them in meeting their charitable goals.

Giving back to the community that has given to you. The Kludts

“We feel so good about doing this for the community that has given so much to us and to our children,” said Rhonda Kludt. “The HCF is a prudent way to leave a legacy for all the good happening in Huron. We have witnessed firsthand the many positive programs and enhancements that have occurred since the inception of the foundation, and we want to do our part to assure that will continue.”

Doug added, “I was born and raised in Huron and have worked here for most of my professional life. Huron has given me most of what I have. It’s time to give some of that back to the community that means so much to us. The Huron Community Foundation provides our small town a chance to thrive into the future.”

Rhonda grew up in Fort Pierre, attended SDSU and graduated from BHSU with degrees in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Development. She currently serves as Vice President for HCF and has been involved with the Student United Way-Huron Youth Leadership Council (HYLC) since it was restructured under the auspices of the United Way Heartland Region in 2017. A philosophy she has long believed is that the engagement of the next generation is pivotal to the vitality of any community. The HYLC recently received the SD Association of Fundraising Professionals Youth in Philanthropy Award and has granted over $40,000 toward youth leadership development projects since 2003. She has been actively involved in various community and state organizations working passionately to advance opportunities for children. She taught Kindergarten for 20 years and helped to establish the Huron Preschool Partnership Program and serves on the Statewide Family Engagement Center Advisory Council.

Doug, a graduate of USD and USD Law School, is a recently retired attorney. He was on the initial board of the Huron Community Foundation working with other like-minded Huronians to establish the foundation. He has served on numerous boards and committees and was chairperson of the Middle School Expansion Project educating the community on the need for a new facility. He served on the Huron City Commission during the Covid 19 outbreak and with the mayor and other commissioners led Huron through a very difficult time. He serves as the chairperson for Heartland State Bank Board of Directors and represents the States Attorney’s Office in the Beadle County Drug Court Program.

The Kludts have two children. Rachel Kary is the Huron High School Librarian, and her husband Levi is the Executive Director of the Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation. They have two boys, Leo, and Connor. Their son Thomas lives in New York City with his longtime partner, Anna Friemoth. Thomas is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair.

Charitable Legacy The Marcuses

Steve and Karen Marcus were born and raised in the Huron area. They graduated from Huron High School as did their three sons. Jason is a custom home builder in Spearfish, Adam is a certified financial planner in Rapid City and Richard is managing director and head of equity sales at Oppenheimer living in Cary, N.C.

They owned and operated Olsen Implement in Huron with Karen’s father, Nels Olsen, until his retirement in 1990 and continued working together until selling the business in 2013.

With two of their three sons living in the Black Hills area, they now split their time between Huron and the Hills with a few winter months spent in Arizona.

Over the years, they contributed personally and through business to deserving local causes. Now with the opportunity to team up with HCF, it allows them to know the projects have been researched and found to be qualified recipients. They also appreciate that there is an advisory council who oversees the fund and reviews applicants.

Dealing with an endowment like HCF and SDCF will provide perpetual funding for worthy Huron organizations.

“We are grateful to partner with the Chapmans, Kludts and Marcuses to provide resources enhancing quality of life in their community,” said Jamie Farmen, SDCF Community Development Coordinator. “These couples have established sub funds of the Huron Community Foundation (HCF) that will enrich the lives of many in Huron for generations to come.”

HCF was established in 2004 in partnership with the SDCF. With careful investment, the fund will continue to grow and enhance quality of life in the local area forever. The fund is one of 87 communities in partnership with SDCF.

Individuals, families and organizations can establish their own named fund under the umbrella of HCF with a minimum $100,000 deposit. Established named funds can recommend to HCF their desire for future grants. Learn more here:

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 $30 million in grants in 2022 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 to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.