March Gladness helps children of trauma and seniors

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Monday is day one for March Gladness, a fundraising event taking place all month long to benefit the Children’s Home Advocacy Center and the Minneluzahan Senior Center.

Throughout the month of March, the Rushmore Rotary and Thai-to-Go are asking individuals to help support children who have endured trauma and seniors who have been isolated due to the pandemic by purchasing a meal.

This course of action to raise funds is the plan b to the annual Children’s Home Gala that normally takes place at Mount Rushmore. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Gala has been cancelled this year.

Organizers say contributions received for the meal will go a long way to help children who are alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse.

“The Child Advocacy Center provides forensic interviews and support to the families, as well as coordination of specialized medical examinations for these traumatized children,” said Scott Van Dam, chairman, of the Children’s Home Gala committee.

For an additional fee, a kuchen – South Dakota’s official dessert – can also be purchased.

All proceeds from the region’s delicacy will go directly to the Minneluzahan Senior Center to fund the Happy Pack program.

“In a normal year – not a COVID year – seniors get together with their friends and do things and this year with COVID they can’t; they’re home, so part of our reason to serve food and activity for them is to keep them connected to their senior community,” said April Malik, director of the Minneluzahan Senior Center.

Some of the seniors will help in making the kuchens.

For more information on how you can donate by email or phone click here.

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