Chutes for Charity
A group of volunteers in Belle Fourche raises money to help others in the tri-state area.
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – The Chutes for Charity nonprofit has a mission to provide charity, hope and help to the Northern Hills area and beyond.
President Barb Smoot-Williams says, “Our goal is to help people in need – emergency situations, travel, health, homebuyers.”
The group of 16 volunteers has been in operation for nine years as an extension of the Black Hills Roundup. The Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America, held the first week of July. The Black Hills Roundup will celebrate 100 years in 2019.
So far, Chutes for Charity has helped over 150 families and has provided over $190,000 in monetary donations. One-hundred percent of the funds profited go directly to the chosen recipients in the tri-state area, with the majority going to Belle Fourche residents. Money is raised through benefit auctions and dinners, golf tournaments and more.
Those wanting to receive funds go through an application process.
For this small-town group, it’s all about serving others.
Smoot-Williams says, “We are so fortunate. Belle Fourche is an amazing community. We couldn’t do what we do without the support that we have locally. Our businesses, our farmers, our ranchers have hearts that are huge. It’s a feel-good, you know, to help your neighbors.”
The 7th annual Help & Hope fundraiser will be held at the Belle Fourche Community Hall Saturday. It will be a night of dining, entertainment and raising money with a live and silent auction and a “Minute to Win it Contest.”
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