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Tyson gives big bucks to community center

L-R: Bob and Nancy Montross, Rita Anderson (De Smet Community Foundation), Becky Connor and Jack Crowl. Photo courtesy Beef Bucks

Tyson regional cattle buyer Jack Crowl and local cattle buyer Becky Connor presented the De Smet Community Foundation a check for $50,000 as a gift from Tyson Foods to be applied to their fundraising efforts for the De Smet Event and Wellness Center.

Local cattle producer and campaign fundraiser, Bob Montross, applied for the grant from Tyson's multi-national corporate's charitable giving arm with the help of individuals from the Tyson Company based in Dakota Dunes. Crowl indicated that Tyson recognizes that the area is a very progressive livestock area and this is a way for Tyson to recognize the fact.

This grant will enable the purchase of tables and chairs for the complex to be used in a large meeting room and exhibit hall. Along with the large meeting room and exhibit hall, the building contains the wellness room, a smaller meeting room, locker rooms, a concessions area (accessible from the outside), and a theater. The building faces the newly constructed track/football field with large full-length windows to view play from inside the building and is adjacent to the final phase of the community's project, a new baseball diamond.

The community project, which began in the spring of 2012, has been funded by donations and grant monies from residents (past/present) and corporate sponsors. De Smet is located in eastern South Dakota at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and SD Highway 25.

–Campaign fundraising committee