The Larson Foundation of Brookings, SD has provided the Abbott House with a $100,000 matching grant to complete its second Bridges Home. This home, like the Vyas Family Bridges Home, will provide a family and a home for six South Dakota girls ages 12 to 17 and two independent living apartments for girls ages 18 to 23. Abbott House has already received two 410,000 matching gifts, but needs to raise an additional $60,000 to obtain the Larson Foundation matching gift. A total of $168,000 still needs to be raised to avoid payments for the home. If you would like to double your gift and leave a permanent mark on the lives of South Dakota girls, please give to this house.
The Abbott House 75th Anniversary Celebration also features Olympic Gold Medalist and native South Dakotan Billy Mills and Abbott House alumni and girls. Tickets are $10 or $45 can be purchased by calling 605-996-2486. Mills will share his story of beating the odds and becoming a success despite being orphaned when he was 12 years old. Mills is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Olympic Gold Medal run in 2014 as well.
Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Although Pine Ridge is very rich in culture and spirit, it is continually recognized economically as one of the poorest communities in America with unemployment reaching 80%.
After being orphaned, Mills was sent to boarding schools and graduated high school at Haskell Indian School. He became involved in distance running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas. Never winning a major race in track and field or cross country, Mills continued to show promise by his performances, making All American seven times. Upon graduation from the University of Kansas, Mills was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps., and continued training for the Olympic Team. He made the Olympic team in two events, the marathon and the 10,000 meter run. He had trained his body, mind and soul for “Peak Performance.” And the world was about to see the greatest upset in Olympic history unfold when he won the Olympic Gold Medal in 10,000 meters in the 1964 Olympics.
Congratulations to Brandon Smith, Rapid City, SD winner of the 2014 Abbott House Helping With Horsepower Rebuilt Motorcycle
Laura Klock, Karlee Cobb and Nelson enjoy STAR, the Abbott House Helping with HorsepowerTM Rebuilt Motorcycle, before the winner was drawn on Saturday, November 15th. The rebuilt Harley Davidson Road King features a diamond cut motor, vintage side car and customized design by the Abbott House girls. Congratulations Brandon! You will look great on this beautiful bike!
As the Abbott House celebrates its’ 75th anniversary, we take this opportunity to revisit our history. From celebrations to struggles, the Abbott House has continued to be a safe haven for 75 years.
A heart-felt thank you is extended to all those throughout our 75 years who have made the Abbott House a continued success.
Below is a brief timeline and history of the Abbott House, also please click here to read our full history on our website.