Brookings couple donates $1 million to Feeding South Dakota
A Brookings couple pushed Feeding South Dakota $1 million closer to their $6 million capital campaign goal with the largest individual gift in the organization's history.
Dale Larson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Larson Manufacturing Company, and his wife Patricia met one the campaign's entire goals with their donation. The organization sought approximately $1 million to expand the currently over-capacity distribution center in Pierre.
The remaining $5 million from the campaign will support building larger and more efficient facilities in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
"A few months ago, when we asked Dale to serve as the campaign chairperson, he looked me in the eye and told me that together, we could rally the people of this great state to make a difference and tackle the problem of hunger head-on," Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota, said. "We are incredibly grateful to Dale and Patricia -- and the entire Larson family -- for their willingness to lead our capital campaign, and their generous support through this milestone gift."
Larson said that he is supporting Feeding South Dakota simply because he feels that every person -- no matter their age or circumstance -- has the right to a warm meal.
"More than anything else, this gift will feed people," Larson said. "But I also hope it inspires the good people of South Dakota to reach into their hearts, and their wallets, to make a contribution in any amount. With every gift, more people can be fed."
Additional details Feeding South Dakota's capital campaign can be found on the group's website.
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