Zonta of the Southern Black Hills Seeks Worthy Causes

August 2 2017
Custer, SD – Zonta of the Southern Black Hills is asking to hear from local community organizations in need of funds.
Every year, Zonta of the Southern Black Hills donates to a number of local organizations, all benefiting women in the community, with proceeds from the chapter’s monthly planner and Custer business telephone directory. In the past, organizations such as Women Escaping A Violent Environment, the Storehouse, Mammo or Bust, the Custer Library and Girls In Science have all received a donation from the Zonta chapter. Over $60,000 has been given away in Zonta’s 22 year history to organizations and groups benefiting women in the community.
Organizations, groups and people who wish to receive a grant should submit a short request detailing the organization and its projects, as well as the amount of funds needed to fulfill the project(s) and how the organization/project benefits women in the Custer and Southern Black Hills community.
All submissions must benefit women, which coincides with Zonta’s mission to empower and help women. All organizations in the Southern Black Hills are eligible to apply, including those serving Custer, Hermosa, Hill City, Keystone, Hot Springs and Edgemont.
Requests may be emailed to southernblackhillszonta@ gmail.com or mailed to P.O. Box 28 Custer, S.D., 57730. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 15. Members of Zonta of the Southern Black Hills’ service dollar committee will look over the submissions and alert the organization of their selection, with funds to be given away at the end of October.
For questions or for more information, email southernblackhillszonta@ gmail.com.

State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy

December 20, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer. STAR Academy was closed in the spring of 2016 because of the reduction in juvenile commitments.

“The State of South Dakota is committed to ensuring that the STAR Academy property emerges as a viable business or institution that contributes to the local economy, has a positive effect on the quality of life in the area and is not a burden to the taxpayers of our state,” said Hunter Roberts, policy advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “The state is looking for proposals that creatively consider how this asset can be repurposed to meet these goals.”

The state is issuing a Request For Information (RFI) to solicit information from interested parties in repurposing the property. Submissions to the RFI will assist the state in determining the content of a Request for Proposal (RFP) this spring that will be utilized to choose the future developer and operator of the property.

The property is located in the center of the Black Hills National Forest on Highway 385. The facility is near Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Monument and Jewel Cave National Monument. The Mickelson Trail is located adjacent to the property.

The campus consists of 182.16 acres divided into six parcels. The total floor space of the buildings is almost 170,000 square feet. The main structures utilized for delivering services include approximately 120,000 square feet of floor space. Buildings associated with the physical plant account for another 29,000 square feet and employee housing, which includes 11 homes, adds nearly another 20,000 square feet. Other amenities include a historic main building, a commercially well-appointed kitchen, large dining room, several large meeting areas and a commercial laundry. Ample onsite parking is available. The surrounding property has a running track, athletic field and fishing pond.