“Rush Gives Back” Night raises $15K for Black Hills community

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photo courtesy: Rapid City Rush

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Rush raised an impressive $7,500 from the Rush Gives Back game in December, and with a matching donation from Black Hills Energy, $15,000 will now go to deserving organizations in the Black Hills area.

The donation will go to the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center and United Way of the Black Hills. It’s the second “Rush Gives Back” season and so far, $30,000 has been donated to the local community.

“When we started Rush Gives Back last season, my goal was to be able to make a difference in and an impact on our community,” said Spire Hockey President Todd Mackin. “I hope these funds can help do exactly that. We are excited to make this contribution and extremely thankful to both our fans and to Black Hills Energy for supporting this project.”

The annual Teddy Bear Toss also happened during Rush Gives Back night, with more than 2,000 stuffed animals collected to be distributed by Youth and Family Services, Rural America Initiatives, OneHeart, and the Monument Health Foundation.

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center brings in people suffering from PTSD, drug, or alcohol abuse for a seven-day program. It seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of our Nation’s wounded, ill or injured Veterans, First Responders and Gold Star families as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of these heroes.

United Way’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives in the Black Hills by delivering measurable, long-term solutions to community issues in education, financial stability and health. Its vision is to be champions of the community, empowering individuals and improving lives while striving to facilitate lasting, positive change.

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