Cancer institute another step closer to groundbreaking goal

MARSHALL – Another financial step has been taken in Avera Marshall’s Building Hope Campaign that is raising money for its new cancer treatment institute.

Donations from three area businesses have brought Avera Marshall’s Building Hope campaign closer to the groundbreaking goal. Grill Works of Marshall and the Miller family, including Keith and Cheryl Miller, Todd Miller, and Dan and Tam Magaard, contributed $30,000; Wells Fargo donated $25,000; and Cottonwood Co-op Oil Company gave $10,000.

“Our groundbreaking goal is getting very close, with $202,000 needed before construction can start,” said Marty Seifert, executive director of the Avera Marshall Foundation. “We are so appreciative of the support from all of our donors. We hope to break ground this year and move forward with the construction of a cancer center for the region, but we need to reach the initial $11.35 million goal to get there. After that, we’ll continue to work at raising the remainder needed for the project.”

Seifert said the campaign is now 99 percent to groundbreaking. He said, assuming the goal is reached, groundbreaking could take place in late September or sometime in October.

“We still have the subcontractors and going through that process,” he said. “Until we have the money in hand, you hate to go out with formal bids. We’re getting real close. We’re very hopeful to break ground yet this fall.”

Seifert said any money raised in this initial fundraising campaign that goes beyond the groundbreaking stage will go toward the equipment fund. He said those who would like to donate but can’t until next year can still sign-up to donate and it would count toward the amount raised this year.

Businesses and individuals wishing to donate or find out more information about the Building Hope Capital Campaign for Avera Cancer Institute Marshall can contact Seifert at 507-537-9145.