Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center to Host All-Ages Dinner and Fundraiser for Student Safety Education

Freshman Impact®: Family Fun Day BBQ & Fundraiser, a fundraiser for the Freshman Impact®: Caught in the Moment program of C.O.R.E., will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place at the main office lobby and nearby field of event sponsor Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center, located at 7220 Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City

This fundraising event will feature a BBQ meal and beverages furnished by Black Hills Surgical Hospital with the purchase of a ticket, priced $15 for an adult, $5 for a child (hot dog, two sides and a drink) or $40 for a family of five (two adults and three children). There will be family activities, including face painting and a dunk tank, as well as safety demonstrations from area first responders throughout the day. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. 

C.O.R.E. will also be holding a silent auction in the lobby with a variety of prize items as well as a raffle. Raffle items include a new GoPro camera, a family Black Hills weekend vacation package and a ride over the Black Hills in a helicopter provided by Black Hills Life Flight on the day of the event. Raffle tickets, priced at $5 per ticket or three for $10, may be purchased in person or online at

“C.O.R.E., or Community Organized Resources for Educating Our Youth, is a nonprofit organization that serves five states, and the Freshman Impact program has proven to really make a lasting impression on high school freshman,” says Rick McPherson, retired Pennington County sheriff’s deputy and founder of Freshman Impact®. “This event will not only serve to finance future programs and efforts, but safety education from first responders will also be provided for attendees, including a fire brigade and Fatal Vision cart course for a simulation of impaired driving as well as team activities.”

“This is such a unique and great program that is making a huge difference. Freshman Impact is all about saving lives and preventing injuries, and it provides such a valuable service to our community,” says C.O.R.E. board member and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stuart Fromm of Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center. “This event provides an opportunity for the whole family to have fun, and it will give C.O.R.E. the means to continue teaching our kids real-world skills and principles in staying safe.” 

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