Community members honored at Black Hills Works Gala

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It was a night of celebration and recognition at the Black Hills Works Gala on Saturday night.

The organization helps around 600 adults with disabilities become involved in the community through jobs, community groups, and outreach. People whom the organization serves are involved in nonprofits and businesses throughout the Black Hills, such as Black Hills Energy, the Humane Society of the Black Hills, and the Rapid City Fire Department.

On Saturday, they held their annual fundraiser, which also falls on their 60th anniversary. The celebration is often described as the Oscars of the Black Hills.

According to Black Hills Works Community Relations Director Dorothy Rosby, the people supported by Black Hills Works have a huge impact on the community.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, but it’s a lot more than that,” Rosby said.  “We have 500 people come and see what it is we do through the videos we show about our winners.”

During the ceremony, four people were recognized for their hard work and contribution to the community. Bettie Jo Bsharah was awarded for her hard work and contributions to Black Hills Works in administrative support.

“It just means so much, and it makes you feel so good and that you’ve really accomplished something and that it’s helped make a difference in someone else’s life,” said Bsharah.

Ramona Spotted Eagle , Stefanie Krick, and James Janis also received awards for their contributions to the community.

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