The Avera Foundation is excited to share an update in regards to the 2020 Big Grape. After much discussion and deliberation, we have come to the decision to not hold an in-person event for this year’s Big Grape. Without a clear understanding of how the COVID-19 epidemic will continue to impact our community, we believe it is best to forgo a physical event for the safety and well-being of our guests, patients and staff.

Instead, we are thrilled to announce a new initiative we are calling “The Big Grape, Reimagined: A Fund Drive for the Avera Children’s Hospital.” In uncertain times like these, we understand that families like you still need support. We believe The Big Grape: Reimagined will continue to raise funds to benefit areas such as the Child Life Program as well as other patient and family services.

During the week of September 7th – 11th, we will be formulating a virtual fund drive to emphasize the importance of The Big Grape over the last 20 years, why support is still needed and how individuals and groups in our community can make a difference in these young lives. We are still featuring a robust silent auction and are asking for general donations in lieu of ticket sales. 

Your support and passion for the Big Grape is what has grown this event into one of the biggest fundraisers in our region. More details and announcements will be coming. Thank you for your support; your collaboration strengthens and improves our healthcare ministry.

For questions, please call the Avera Foundation at 605-322-8900 or email

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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.