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Golden Guitars Gala sets fundraising record for Children’s Miracle Network

Rapid City, S.D. (June 21, 2024) – The third Golden Guitars Gala, a Monument Health Foundation fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, broke records on June 8 by raising more than $478,600, setting a Foundation record for the largest amount raised at a single event. During the gala’s live auction, the top-selling guitar signed by Chris Stapleton auctioned for an impressive $37,000.

Funds raised at the event support Children’s Miracle Network. Each year, one-of-a-kind Golden Guitars signed by the musicians who play at The Monument and other select venues are auctioned off during the event. All of the money raised stays local and supports children in the Black Hills who receive care at Monument Health hospitals.

South Dakota artist Kory Van Sickle of Kory and the Fireflies developed the event as part of his company’s philanthropic program, Firefly Guitars. Golden Firefly Guitars were autographed by a star-studded lineup, including Jelly Roll, Journey and Stone Temple Pilots, who have performed at The Monument and other select venues. 

“The tremendous support from our community has made this event a remarkable success,” said Hans Nelson, Director of the Monument Health Foundation. “These funds are crucial for enhancing the care we provide to children in our region. With the generosity of our donors, we can invest in vital medical equipment and expand our programs to better serve our youngest patients.”

The Golden Guitars Gala, attended by more than 250 people, featured live music by Kory and the Fireflies, information about the impact of CMN in our region and a live auction featuring 18 celebrity guitars, plus one surprise celebrity guitar signed by Def Leppard. 

About Monument Health

Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 31 medical specialties and serves 14 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 5,000 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals and 38 medical clinics and specialty centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.


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