"We were pleased," said Ted Muenster, chairman of the board of the VACF.
"It's not a huge amount of money, but I think it shows a level of community spirit here that's encouraging."
The prize money will go into an endowed fund called the Community Savings Account.
Each community foundation has its own account.
"It'll go to help build the principle, and then the South Dakota Community Foundation
allocates earnings every year from the principle to what's called the spendable account, and then the local board will determine where the money is spent locally," Muenster
said the VACF
helped to promote the contest through public notices, word of mouth and correspondence.
"We wrote personal letters to the number of people who contributed to the Vermillion Area Community Foundation
in the past suggesting they make their 2011 contribution via the Internet … and apparently they responded fairly well," he
That all of the contributions were taken online showed there was no distinction in regard to the size of the community and what they could contribute, Muenster
"Britton, for example, finished second and it's a much smaller town than Huron and smaller than Vermillion
If another contest is held, Muenster
said the VACF
definitely would take part.
"I'm very proud that the community stepped up and responded, and I think we should be proud of ourselves for succeeding," he
"We're a fairly new organization.
We've only been around about 10 years.
We're still in the process of creating greater awareness in the community."