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Avera McKennan Foundation

Plaza 4
1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD, 57117

2013 Donor Recognition Recipients

5th Annual Partners in Caring Awards

Thank you to our generous supporters and community partners for furthering the mission of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. As an extension of gratitude, the Avera McKennan Foundation hosts an annual Partners in Caring Awards Reception to recognize key donors and celebrate all those who support the mission.

Helen McKennan

Avera Medical Group RadiologyAvera Medical Group Radiology

Given in recognition of leadership and inspiration that extends past the mission of Avera McKennan to influence and impact the loyal community and beyond.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.


Tom and Melissa HowesThe Gas Stop - Tom and Melissa Howes

Recognizes a business whose demonstrated outstanding comitment to Avera McKennan. This organization has established a strong internal culture of philanthropy, an ideal characteristic of a community partner.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.


Ted MuensterTed Muenster

Honors a community member who's demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and key roles in advancing the foundation's development goals.

Thank you for your dedication to the mission of Avera McKennan.

Past Winners

Avera Spirit Award

  • Walter Panzirer, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Helen McKennan Award

  • Bill Dougherty
  • Jeremiah Murphy
  • Tom and Kathy Walsh
  • Jim Woster

Cornerstone Award

  • Bob Baker, The First Nation Bank in Sioux Falls
  • Mike Brzica, Sodak/Republic National Distributing Company
  • Randy Knecht, Sioux Falls Construction
  • Randy Nehring, Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln

Compass Award

  • Paul Connelly
  • Judy Davis
  • Dave Fleck
  • Lisa Griffin
  • Brad Grossenburg
  • Joe Henkin
  • Peggy Kirby
  • Dr. Patty Peters
  • Susan Scott

'The Guardian' award

The recognition ceremony featured a special presentation of a custom-crafted award for which select donors were given. This award, which was commissioned by the Avera McKennan Foundation, is a replica of a sculpture currently located on the Avera McKennan Campus. Appropriately titled "The Guardian", the one-foot bronze piece was given to five individuals as a gesture of appreciation for their contributions. Click on the image to the right to watch a movie featuring the casting of the bronze sculpture.