Miller recognized for
breast cancer fundraising effort
The City of Miller participated in the Mayor’s Challenge, initiated by Laurie Gill, Pierre mayor, earlier this fall.
Focus of the Mayor’s Challenge, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” was to hold activities to raise awareness. All funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.
Miller was one of six South Dakota cities that raised money through this challenge.
So far, $50,000 has been raised for the cause in South Dakota, with $12,000 raised by the towns that participated in the mayor’s challenge. Miller, Yankton, Rapid City, Iroquois, and Pierre were recognized among other cities for their fundraising efforts. Miller raised $700.
Miller’s fundraising depended on donations, received at the hospital open house, during the homecoming parade, and with a donation bucket in the City Hall office. To get in the spirit of “Think Pink,” some council members, the finance officer and Mayor Ron Blachford even donned pink wigs, and the mayor wore a pink shirt.
Mayor Blachford and council woman Mary Johnson attended the First Lady’s Luncheon November 14 at the Governor’s Mansion.
First Lady Linda Daugaard welcomed 50 of the top breast cancer awareness fundraisers and volunteers from across the state, and thanked them for their efforts.
“I am just amazed at the number of people that have been behind the cause and the number of activities and advertisements that they continue to do to make people more aware,” said Daugaard. “They’re our spark plugs for this. Laurie Gill had a mayor’s challenge, and [many] of the people in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area have made this their life’s goal – to keep this at the forefront of people’s minds and to raise money for it.”
Courtesy Pierre Capital Journal
MILLER MAYOR Ron Blachford, left, poses with Nancy Wenande, mayor of Yankton; First Lady Linda Daugaard; Laurie Gill, mayor of Pierre; and Jayme Akin, mayor of Redfield.