Local groups benefit from 9/11 Grand Stair Challenge

Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald-Star

Pictured, in front is Hal Glanville (Evans Tenants Council), standing in middle from left, Jeff Alley (Challenge Dakota BOD), Barb Walter & Jacki Lockwood (Can Man), Terry Rutherford (Challenge Dakota BOD)  and Linda Buresh (standing in for Mission 22). Back, from left, Karina Novotny (Challenge Dakota Youth Advisor), Lori and Scott Dahly (Celebrate Recovery) and Dusty Pence (Challenge Dakota BOD).


HOT SPRINGS – The Challenge Dakota Board of Directors gathered at the foot of the Battle Mountain Staircase on Thursday, Oct. 27,  to present four local charities with money earned at the 9/11 Grand Stair Challenge, when 130 people and 10 dogs climbed up and down the141-foot staircase for a combined 2,128 flights.

An anonymous donor contributed $2,128 ($1.00 per flight) to Challenge Dakota’s general fund, and matched that with an equal gift to be shared by four local/regional causes. An additional grant from Black Hills Energy upped the amount to $2,428, or $607.00 for each cause. The recipients were Celebrate Recovery, Mission 22, Can Man Trade Scholarship Fund and the Evans Tenants Council. 

The motto of the Grand Stair Challenge is “Strong People, Strong Country”. According to Dusty Pence, the donor chose the first three causes because each in its own way works to strengthen the people they support. Evans Tenants Council was chosen to thank the Evans residents for putting up with the chaos of this event for so many years, sharing their space and tolerating loud music from dawn to early evening.

Fall River County Herald Star

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