You may have heard us describe the LSS mission as a ministry of presence. But what exactly does that mean? Our programs are designed to meet people where they are in life—without judgment, to provide hope and healing, and to offer a chance for them to change their future. But the truth is our ministry is brought to life, sustained and performed by you—our supporters, partners and advocates.
On August 18, we paid tribute to those who breathe life into our mission at our annual LSS Foundation Founders Family & Distinguished Partners luncheon at Callaway’s in Sioux Falls.
The LSS Foundation Founders Family was established in 1994 to honor those who have committed to establishing a lasting legacy with either a significant gift to the LSS Foundation or by planning a gift to LSS beyond their lifetime.
Since its inception, the LSS Foundation has disbursed more than $2.5 million to continue the mission of LSS and this fund continues to grow each year thanks to our many generous supporters who make our mission a part of their legacy.
This year we welcomed two such supporters as new members of the LSS Foundation Founders Family. We are grateful for their consideration. To learn more about the LSS Foundation Founders Family please click here.
One of the many blessings of living in South Dakota is living in a community of shared values such as the value of caring compassion for each other. These values are reflected not only in our individuals, but in our communities, our churches and in our corporations. At this event, we also celebrated those relationships and payed particular thanks to our 2017 Distinguished Partners.
Distinguished Corporate Partner of the Year
Over the past 10 years, more than 200 First PREMIER/PREMIER Bankcard employees have contributed 15,000 plus hours of contact with at-risk youth in the Sioux Falls community. In addition to encouraging volunteers, First PREMIER/PREMIER Bankcard has stepped up to financially support the mission of LSS with annual sponsorship of LSS events included the Mentoring Services Recognition Breakfast, Doing Good on the Green golf event in Watertown, and a recent leadership gift through the Sioux Falls Chamber Community Appeals Fund Drive which helped make the LSS Campus on East Bank dream a reality. We are truly grateful and honored by the many gifts of funding and volunteers provided by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard.
Distinguished Volunteer of the Year
This year LSS hosted the seventh-annual Doing Good on the Green in Watertown. This golf tournament has grown to be an annual attraction for golfers from all over the state (and some as far as Arizona). But this event would not be possible if not for the leadership, vision and passion of its founder. Dale McElhany is the proud and very much deserving recipient of the 2017 LSS Distinguished volunteer of the year award.
Touched by adoption through LSS himself, Dale has been a passionate advocate for LSS adoption services. He has made it his mission to provide assistance to families that want nothing more than to experience the love of a child. Dale’s stewardship of this event has helped raise more than $100,000 for services in the Watertown area, providing numerous scholarships to create happy families through LSS Adoption Services.
Thank you Dale for all you do for LSS and for your community.
Distinguished Faith Partner of the Year
LSS is a ministry of the ELCA in South Dakota and we would certainly not be able to fulfill this mission without the many congregations, church organizations and faith partners who walk with us to bare witness to this mission. This year LSS is proud to recognize Lutheran Planned Giving of South Dakota with special recognition of Jim Schade and Kurt Osborne. For more than 20 years, Jim and Kurt have had a long, deep and profoundly committed involvement with LSS. Both have served on the LSS Governing and Foundation Board of Directors. Kurt has served as the Chair of the Governing Board and Jim and his wife Nancy are members of Founders Family.
They have committed their time and talents to fulfill the vision and mission of LSS. They have met with countless individuals and families to help guide their decisions about legacy gifts and it is safe to say that we would not have the LSS Endowment Fund that we have today without their careful stewardship. Both are moving on to new adventures but we know that their passion and commitment to LSS will remain and for that we are extremely grateful.
Thank you to all our distinguished partners and thank you to our many wonderful supporters who have committed to creating a lasting legacy of Strengthening Individuals, Families & Communities.
Jamie Lennon, Development Director
LSS Development & Foundation