SMSC - $617,000 Grants To Charitable Organizations
by Tessa Lehto
Prior Lake, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today announced grants totaling $617,000 to 15 charitable organizations. The largest grant was a second installment of a $1 million grant over three years to the Saints Healthcare Foundation of Shakopee, Minnesota, which supports both St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s.
"We are grateful to the SMSC for their tremendous support, which is making it possible to add 30 beds to St. Gertrude's Rehabilitation Center and serve 60 more patients each month who need rehabilitation services to return home safely following discharge from a hospital.
SMSC's support is also helping to expand St. Gertrude's Physical Therapy Center, which was designed to serve a 20-patient facility, rather than the 120 patients now served at St. Gertrude's. Finally, SMSC's support inspired other donors to give, which enabled us to meet the project's $2 million fundraising goal--an impossible goal during our recent recession," said Saints Foundation Executive Director Mary Clem.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton gift of $333,000 supported construction of a 36,565 square foot addition to the existing St. Gertrude’s to house expanded rehabilitation services. Thirty beds dedicated to rehabilitation will be added, and existing rooms and physical therapy space will be remodeled.
A grant for $50,000 went to Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to support capital construction and programs. The gift will support private rooms on the medical/surgical floor. Children’s Hospital has more than 100,000 emergency room visits and more than 14,000 admissions each year. Approximately 245 children are hospitalized every day. Children’s Hospital is the seventh-largest children’s health care organization in the U.S., with 332 staffed beds at their two hospital campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Land Trust was pledged a matching grant for $50,000 for its work with conservation easements and other land-protection tools to preserve natural and scenic land throughout the state. The organization has completed 404 conservation projects that have protected 37,061 acres of land and 760,003 feet of shoreline.
These projects provide benefits to the public by conserving important plant and animal habitats, protecting water quality, and preserving scenic landscapes that contribute to a community’s sense of place. The Minnesota Land Trust preserves Minnesota's natural and scenic heritage through public and private partnerships working with landowners, communities, and conservation partners.
A donation of $39,000 to Minnesota Public Radio helped sponsor the program Midmorning with Kerri Miller, a morning show hosted by journalist Kerri Miller, broadcasting 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. weekdays on all Minnesota Public Radio stations. Kerri Miller has won distinguished awards from the Society of Professional Journalists National Achievement Award, Minnesota Broadcasters Award, the Associated Press Award, and a Gracie award from the Association of Women in Radio and Television.
A grant for $25,000 went to Twin Cities Public Television's program Almanac at the Capitol, a public affairs program which airs twice a week. Political topics, including guest interviews, highlight this local issues-based live program hosted by Mary Lahammer while the Minnesota State Legislature is in session. Shows also review important legislation and report on their progress as well as give behind the scenes looks at the political players.
Known for its strict nonpartisanship, Almanac at the Capitol is popular with politicians, legislators, and with the general public. Almanac at the Capitol is a spin-off of the popular Almanac show which has aired for more than 20 years on Twin Cities Public Television.
The SMSC donated $25,000 to the American Diabetes Association for education to target diabetes treatment and prevention in Native Americans in Minnesota and for research. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Together these diseases represent some of the most critical health concerns among American Indians.
ADA is the leading organization working to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. They fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.
The Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota received an unrestricted grant for $25,000. Established in 1991 to provide the community and the country with cutting-edge prevention strategies, detection techniques, and treatment options, the Cancer Center brings together 500 physicians and research scientists from a variety of disciplines, representing nine university colleges and schools and eight area hospitals and clinics. The Cancer Center cares for more than 1,700 patients every year while ensuring that they remain on the forefront of research and innovation.
St. Mary's Health Clinic in Shakopee, Minnesota, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet of the St. Paul Province, received a donation of $25,000 from the SMSC for free health care for low-income patients without insurance or medical assistance. The Shakopee Clinic is one of 14 clinic sessions each week which provide patient visits to the clinic, lab tests, x-rays, diagnostic tests, and most medications. Specialty referrals are also available without charge.
For a nearly two decades St. Mary’s Health Clinics, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, has provided free primary health care to the uninsured in the seven county metropolitan area of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and their surrounding suburbs. In that time over 72,500 visits have been recorded at the St. Mary’s Health Clinics.
A grant for $10,000 went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International of Bloomington, Minnesota, for their Imagination Ball Gala to raise funds for diabetes research and patient support. JDRFI is committed to finding a cure for the disease that afflicts more than 22 million men, women, and children, killing one American every three minutes.
Shakopee Public Schools received a grant for $10,000 for construction of solar panels or a greenhouse for the Shakopee Educational Learning Center at the high school. The SELC will benefit students in construction, environmental ethics and ecology, engineering and drafting, and physical education classes as well as local contractors and residents.
Grants of $5,000 each also went to the American Cancer Society, Catching the Dream, Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne, Como Zoo, and Dunwoody College of Technology.
About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux CommunityThe SMSC utilizes its financial resources from gaming and non-gaming enterprises to pay for the internal infrastructure of the Tribe, including but not limited to roads, water and sewer systems, emergency services, and essential services to its Tribal members in education, health, and welfare.
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