South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation raises $105,000 to benefit youth education
February 24, 2011
ABERDEEN, SD – Thousands of young people across the state of South Dakota will benefit from the over $105,000 raised last night at the 6th annual “A Night on the Prairie” event for the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) 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 last night, 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 here last night.”
“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.