SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday, Billie Sutton donated over $1,200 to LifeScape Children’s Services in Sioux Falls. The money will help fund an annual trip children with disabilities take to experience first-hand the excitement of rodeo at the Winner Elks Rodeo in July. A former professional rodeo standout, Sutton was excited to help provide the children this unique opportunity to learn about and enjoy the great sport of rodeo right here in South Dakota.
On Wednesday, Sutton said:
“With rodeo, that’s a sport that you’re guaranteed to get knocked down. But you have to keep fighting and get up and move forward, and these kids are my heroes in that. They face challenges everyday that I can’t fathom.” KDLT News
For the past 49 years, the Winner Elks Rodeo has served as a benefit for the LifeScape Children’s Services. The funds have helped to expand their outreach capacities to serve more children in rural South Dakota.
Sutton’s donation is made up of small campaign contributions that were made anonymously. The campaign is unable to accept contributions from unidentified donors according to state law, and Sutton couldn’t have thought of a better cause to provide these funds to than a program that supports his passions for rodeo and helping kids facing some of life’s toughest challenges.
LifeScape is an independent, non-profit organization, serving adults and children in Sioux Falls with an additional center in Rapid City providing therapy and psychological services for children.
Billie Sutton is a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, State Senator, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor.