PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fundraiser is planned in just over a week that will help to improve health care in Kennebec. A Kennebec bank is organizing the event, which will be April 13. About $30,000 is needed to reach the community’s goal of $100,000. Money that is raised will be used to buy a modular building that will house Avera Kennebec Clinic. The community’s only clinic closed last fall and a group of citizens asked Avera Medical Group to fill the need. They agreed to provide healthcare services if the community provides a facility. The April 13 fundraiser is being spearheaded by Team BankWest in Kennebec and fundraiser committee member Katie Zirpel says the $100,000 will be used to pay for a new building, being constructed through the Durfee Prison in Springfield. More than two-thirds of that amount has been raised so far. The fundraiser on Saturday, April 13 will start at 5:00 p.m. with a dinner at the Kennebec Elementary School gymnasium. There is no cost for the meal, but a free-will offering will be collected. Several items donated by local individuals, organizations and businesses will also be auctioned off—from ice fishing equipment and camping packages to loads of gravel and NAPA tool sets. For more information on the event, call Zirpel at 869-2211.
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