SESDAC auction scheduled March 29

SESDAC auction scheduled March 29 The 12th annual SESDAC benefit auction will be held March 29 at the Buffalo Run Winery. Proceeds go to the SESDAC Foundation, chartered in 2000 to augment the efforts of SESDAC, Inc. to improve programs and facilities for people with disabilities in Vermillion community.

The ticket price of $25 per person includes a dinner catered by Buffalo Run Winery, with choice of chicken or pork as the entr�e. Reservations are required. The annual auction has become a well known community event.

Items are available in a variety of price ranges, and the proceeds stay in the community, providing funding for services ranging from therapeutic art and music programs to transportation services.

Hundreds of items will be up for bid on both live and silent auction. Auction items received by Feb. 21 will be listed in the program, as will cash donations in the categories of $100-$249, $250-$499, and $500+. Most contributors donate items or gift certificates, however, some businesses and individuals would like to make a donation to the benefit auction, but don't market a product or service which readily lends itself the the auction format. Anyone interested in donating items for auction, making a cash donation, or making a reservation to attend the auction should contact SESDAC, Inc. at 624-4419.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. the Vermillion First United Methodist Church is sponsoring a benefit Hoedown Concert for drought stricken ranchers in western South Dakota.

All proceeds from the hoedown will go to Hands Across South Dakota, a non-profit organization that provides ranchers in western South Dakota with hay, feed, and transportation needs for cattle, provide food assistance to struggling ranch families, and counseling services for ranchers and their families in this time of tragedy and transition.

The hoedown is going to be a great time supporting a great cause and will feature great musical groups from the areas including: the Poker Alice Band, The Vermillion High School Jazz Choir, a great barbershop quartet from the Beresford area, Vermillion's own Buckaroos, a local Vermillion troubadour, Tim Duggan, and the local group, Kickland, Johnson, and Martin.

A chuck wagon dinner will be served at the cost of $4 for adults and $2.50 for children. A free will offering will also be taken. All proceeds will go for relief. Please feel free to come and go as you please.

The event will be emceed by Brook McBride, pastor of the Vermillion UMC and Steve Miller, pastor of the UCC. The entire community is encouraged to come join us as we support the ranchers out west. Bring a cowboy hat if you've got one.

"I have been working with the organization Hands Across South Dakota for several months now and at our last meeting we read some of the applications for help some of these proud ranchers have filled out," McBride said. "These ranchers are salt of the earth type folk. They're what make South Dakota, South Dakota. Listening to their stories, story after story just brought me to tears. These people are really hurting!

"One comment that still haunts me was from a rancher from Faith, who wrote ? 'all my life I've been so proud to be able to help feed the world. But now to not be able to have enough money to feed my own family ? well, it just makes me so frustrated and helpless. I really don't know where to turn. And everywhere I turn it's like looking in a mirror. People are really struggling out here.' When people are hurting we all want to help and we thought that this hoedown would be a great way to do that."

If you have any questions about the hoedown, or would like to make a donation to Hands Across South Dakota come to the hoedown or send a check to: Hands Across South Dakota, c/o Vermillion United Methodist Church, 16 N. Dakota St., Vermillion, SD, 57069. If you have any questions please call the Vermillion UMC at 624-2179.

Hands Across South Dakota is also looking for farmers and ranchers willing to donate hay or cattle feed to ranchers out in western South Dakota. Anyone interested in helping in any way should contact the Hands Across South Dakota coordinator, Janelle Bishoff, at (866) 295-6479 or e-mail hand@sdfu.ofg, or call McBride at 624-2179.

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