Why Support Avera?

Your gift to the Avera Foundation could make all the difference for someone you care about. By donating, you support lifesaving services that hospital revenue alone cannot provide. Give back to a health care community that’s helped you so it can do the same for your children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends.

Deck the Halls 2022

Deck the Halls

December 3, 2022 | 6:30 pm | Avera Human Performance Center | Aberdeen, SD

Get ready to party, start bidding on the exclusive silent auction or purchase a wreath to help spread holiday cheer for someone in need. Details to follow.

Avera Race

Avera Race Against Cancer

Save the Date | May 13, 2023 

Let's run this town! Get ready for the premier event of 2023. We are looking forward to celebrating our 35th year of supporting patients and families in their cancer journeys. 

Your generosity makes life better for those we serve – our patients, residents and their loved ones. Share in our ministry of health and healing by giving to the Avera facility closest to your heart.

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Jason and Emily Feldhaus

Just a Regular Day

They say a parent is as happy as their unhappiest child. For Emily and Jason Feldhaus, this meant many years of struggle, mental anguish and stress as they sought ways to find the right combination of treatment for their troubled son. Starting at the young age of 8, Emily could see the signs. Thankfully, she worked as an emergency department nurse at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD.

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$40 Million

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Avera Locations Supported


Communities Served

Reasons to Give

  • Everyone deserves the very best start. Mothers and newborns need to be cared for in a welcoming environment. We look forward to being part of the It Starts with Us campaign for Avera St. Luke’s Women’s Center because of the positive impact on the newest members of our community and their families."

    Robert and Dr. Erin Fouberg, Avera St. Luke's

  • Kirby Place is a home-away-from-home that is safe and affordable for patients and families during a serious illness or medical crisis. Thanks to the Home for Hope Campaign to expand and remodel Walsh Family Village in Sioux Falls, S.D., much-needed gifts are providing hope and the ability to make the most of every moment together.

    Jennifer Kirby, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

  • Losing my son to suicide was devastating and it took me to a very dark place. The Walk of Hope helped me out of the darkness and into the light. I experienced compassion, caring by others who lost loved ones and a purpose to help others to heal as I have.

    Rick Dockter

  • As sorority sisters from the University of South Dakota, we have a 40-year history of supporting each other. We unite from across the country to support our fellow sister, Jackie Haggar-Tuschen, for her outstanding leadership with the Avera Race and the families and friends that have faced or continue to face cancer. This year, we had one of our own battle skin cancer. We are grateful for what the race supports and are proud to be part of what it supports.

    Bonnie Bjork, Rapid City, S.D.