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MAR. 9, 2017 - VOL. 52 No. 6

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Community Appeals announces
updated schedule

The American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America-Sioux Council have been qualified and scheduled for Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals fund drives.

Current Campaign

Levitt At the Falls
Nov. 1, 2016-March 31, 2017
$1.06 Million
Create an outdoor concert venue in Sioux Falls, partnering with non-profit Levitt Pavilions


Upcoming Campaign

Stockyards Ag Experience
Nov. 1, 2017-March 31, 2018
$1.19 Million

Create a living heritage outdoor plaza on the site of the original Sioux Falls Stockyards

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History
April 1-July 31, 2018
$1.41 million

Create a new "Big Cats of Africa" exhibit

American Cancer Society
Nov. 1, 2018-March 31, 2019
$1.2 million

Construct a Hope Lodge for patients who live at least 40 miles or one hour from cancer treatment in Sioux Falls.

Boy Scouts of America - Sioux Council
April 1-July 31, 2019
$1.57 million

Renovate existing facilities to meet the increasing safety and program standards necessary to equip local youth to be "Prepared for Life."

Approved for their $1.2 million capital campaign request from the business community, the American Cancer Society will construct a Hope Lodge for patients who live at least 40 miles or one hour from cancer treatment in Sioux Falls. The 28 room residential facility will be free of charge and will allow for an estimated 1,500 patients to stay at the Hope Lodge. This campaign will launch Nov. 1, 2018 and conclude March 31, 2019.

The Boy Scouts of America-Sioux Council will upgrade their facilities to meet the increasing safety and program standards necessary to equip local youth to be "Prepared for Life." Their $1.57 million campaign, which will run from April 1-July 31, 2019, will include a 60' X 70' addition, indoor rock climbing wall and other interactive state-of-the-art programming for local Scouts, community groups and businesses.

The Butterfly House & Aquarium (previously named "Butterfly House & Marine Cove") was the next originally-scheduled Community Appeals campaign, set to launch on April 1, 2017. However, the organization has been presented with an opportunity that requires a delay of their campaign.

In February 2015, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals committee approved the Butterfly House & Aquarium for a campaign to begin April 1, 2017. In March 2016, the South Dakota office of Game Fish & Parks expressed an interest to purchase the Butterfly House & Aquarium existing building at Sertoma Park. The GF&P's interest was unforeseen and the anticipated sale led the Butterfly House & Aquarium's Board of Directors and staff to consider constructing a new facility downtown near the Big Sioux River-a move that would align more closely to their mission and provide the potential for a tremendous economic impact for Sioux Falls.

The Butterfly House & Aquarium made a formal request to the Community Appeals committee to grant a deferral for their campaign until the 2019-20 timeframe. After a comprehensive vetting of this possibility, the committee determined that in the interest of respecting the integrity of the application process, a new application would need to be submitted once a venue has been established.

The current Community Appeals campaign, the Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls, will conclude its fund drive March 31, 2017. The next campaign to begin will be the Stockyards Ag Experience from Nov. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Community Appeals campaigns are vetted and scheduled by a committee of nearly 30 volunteers through the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Campaigns are scheduled approximately two years in advance. For more information on the Community Appeals process, contact Mike Lynch at (605) 373-2008.


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