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.

Golden Gala to benefit Avera Queen of Peace

Golden Gala to benefit Avera Queen of Peace

January 27, 2023 | 6 p.m. | Highland Conference Center | Mitchell, SD

Join us for dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and raffles to benefit the Caring for Life Fund, which generously supports patients at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Formal attire encouraged.

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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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Stories of Gratitude

Family photo, Lane, Lennox, Brenna, Adam, Karter, and Liam.

Auntie's Angels

Thanks to the generosity of grateful patients across the Avera footprint, patients and families often look for ways to show their appreciation for the compassionate care they received during their stay. For one family, their gesture of generosity has a special meaning.

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$46 Million

Funds Raised in 2022


Number of Benefactors


Avera Locations Supported


Communities Served

Reasons to Give

  • As a corporation, we wanted to be able to provide services and resources to those in need and show first-hand they are not alone. Because we care strongly about the overall health of our staff, it’s vital that we stand behind the resources Avera provides. I see this as something we can continue to grow in the years to come.

    Kevin Petoske, Chief Growth Officer, American Bank & Trust

  • I am so grateful for everyone who has supported the Avera Race. Just knowing that the dollars raised help cover the cost of programs and classes such as painting is much appreciated. I feel like the Avera Race creates a sense of community that extends beyond race day. Just one hour can make an impact when you can take your mind away and put it into something positive and uplifting.

    Heather Haggar, Cancer Survivor

  • We are grateful for the outpouring of community support. As the health care, and specifically the long-term-care world evolves, we depend on the support of our communities to meet the expectations of our residents, patients and families. We simply cannot do this without you.

    Doug Ekeren, Regional President and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

  • Charity is an important part of the Avera mission as it allows us to take care of all the patients who walk through our door, regardless of their ability to pay. Through giving, we’re able to grow and give exceptional care to our patients. I give back because I believe in the mission of Avera.


  • Avera has been an important partner for us in meeting health care needs across the Upper Midwest. We recognize that behavioral health care can be difficult to access for many, especially in rural locations. We hope to save and impact lives for the better.

    Walter Panzirer, Trustee with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

  • I’d love for future students to consider hosting fundraisers as their senior project at school. I know how satisfying it was for me, my parents and especially my grandfather to have a fundraising event held in memory of my grandmother who passed away from cancer.

    Morgan Freier, Student