SURF Foundation Hosts Virtual Donor Appreciation Event | Community

LEAD – The Sanford Underground Research Facility Foundation (SURF) will host a virtual donor appreciation event, “We Are Thankful For You,” on Thursday, February 24, from 5-6 p.m. The event is open to the public and can be accessed by emailing the Foundation at [email protected]

Staci Miller, director of the SURF Foundation, said the event is a way to publicly thank the many donors who have contributed to education and outreach programming at SURF and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, as well as at the Cangleska Wakan (Sacred Circle in Lakota) Garden, an ethnobotanical garden.

“SURF is especially thrilled to see the strong support for this project,” Miller said. “Cangleska Wakan is just one of the ways SURF recognizes the diversity of people who call the Black Hills home,” Miller said.

The garden will feature a medicine wheel, native plants and tributes to four sacred sites: Bear Butte, the Badlands, Black Elk Peak and Bear Lodge. It will also provide a space for learning, connecting communities, quiet reflection and cultural awareness.

“We’re building strong relationships that open doors for public and corporate contributions, and the collaborative spirit of our community has never been stronger,” Miller said. “We are grateful to our donors and the support they have shown in supporting SURF’s mission to advance science and learning.”

“We are very grateful to our donors for making 2021 a great year,” said Dana Dykhouse, Chair of the SURF Foundation Board of Trustees. “Each donation to the Foundation builds on SURF’s mission, inviting young people to explore the research conducted by SURF scientists, while providing a window into our future. With the growth of the SURF Foundation Board, we continue to gain momentum and expect 2022 to be an exciting year.

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