Ways of Giving: Annual Donation Makes Big Difference

Wayne and Karen Muth

When Wayne Muth began his career with Avera decades ago, his wife, Karen, never expected to be a life-time supporter and donor.

Through the love for his job and his giving heart, they decided to make an annual donation to benefit the Caring for Life fund that supports the greatest needs of our patients, residents, families and employees.

Upon Wayne’s passing in 2013, Karen chose to keep his spirit alive by continuing their tradition of donating to Avera. She hopes to pass the importance of philanthropy on to her children.

“I believe you can make a big difference with very little,” Karen modestly states. In fact, the 80-year-old supporter doesn’t even know how much their family has contributed over the 38 years of making their yearly commitment. “We were not big spenders and lived a life where giving what you can is important. It’s not about how much, it’s just that you do something.”

Thank you to the Muth family for their cumulative gifts and all those who have made annual commitments. Choosing to support Avera improves health care for your family and community by advancing new and improved programs, building features, technology, and patient and family support. Avera relies on the generosity of our benefactors to ensure quality care is available to all.

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