Recapping Rally Week 2017

Each year, Lawrence & Schiller comes together to raise money for the Sioux Empire United Way with a rally week of events. The rally helps our teams come together and compete, seeing who can win daily challenges, but, most importantly, it raises money for the United Way.

This year, each daily challenge coincided with an agency funded by the United Way to drum up awareness of the programs as well as draw attention to where contributions go and the effect they have within our community. Featured agencies included PATH, Harmony South Dakota, Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission, The Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire: Mentor Mom.

Here is a recap of the daily events:

Monday – Monday started off with a speaker from Lutheran Social Services, April Bolton, who shed light on the importance of United Way’s newest initiative, PATH (Providing Access to Healing). This program has been formed to bring professional mental health counseling services directly to students at their schools. Starting in Harrisburg, SD, PATH served 50 students in its first year, and the program plans to expand throughout several districts surrounding Sioux Falls.

Later that day, Harmony South Dakota was featured during a game of “Name That Tune.” Sprinkled in were oldies as well as today’s hits, making the perfect mix for team members to guess.

"As a volunteer of organizations that benefit from the United Way, I see the direct impact donations make on individuals and agencies throughout the Sioux Empire."

-Erin Weinzettel

Tuesday – Day 2 spotlighted the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls. To win the competition, each team partook in a trivia game with questions about various cultures and customs throughout the world. Let’s just say that as harmless as trivia may seem, things can get heated in a hurry, and I’m not so sure that international culture is our agency’s strong suit. 

Wednesday – Teams worked together to build houses from limited resources in limited time to highlight the Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission. We left the voting to our Facebook followers to determine which was the winner.

“Our SEUW does an outstanding job of working with their partner agencies to ensure the funding provided goes directly to those it will help the most. You never know when your own life will change. This is a way to show a little kindness." 

-Shelly Johnson

Thursday – Our final activity kicked off with a five-part relay, which included baby diapers, guessing which baby picture matched which team member and rubber ducky races. Kristin and Hanna took time to bring these activities back to the cause – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire: Mentor Mom, which matches young mothers with more experienced ones to offer encouragement and support.

“I am so lucky to be able to sleep in the same bed every night and eat 3 meals a day – many people don’t have those amenities. I want to do all I can to help improve the lives of people in our community, and the Sioux Empire United Way makes sure my donation is allocated where there is need.”

-Hanna Rehome

Rally Week wrapped up by tallying each team’s score to see who came out on top. Overall, every L&Ser participated in fundraising efforts, to the tune of 14 new Heart Club Members, two Suburbans full of food for Feeding South Dakota’s School Food Pantry and a $33,488 donation.  

Though we had fun and learned a lot, the most important outcome of rally week was giving back to our community and aiding in their efforts to improve lives. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to contribute and look forward to continuing these efforts in years to come.

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