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Yellow Rose Week Set for June 7-11, 2021

Jun 05, 2021 09:33AM ● By Med Magazine

The Suzanne Jacobson Memorial Fund Committee has designated June 7-11, 2021 as Yellow Rose Week in Northeastern South Dakota. Yellow Rose Week is the primary means of financing the Suzanne Jacobson Memorial Fund (SJMF), a service of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation. The SJMF provides financial assistance to people within our region who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and are in need of financial assistance due to a medical crisis.

Since its inception in 1999, the SJMF has provided over $420,000 through more than 800 grants. 

Suzanne Jacobson spent her adult life as a physician’s assistant positively impacting the lives of many through her care and professionalism. She lost a battle with cancer in 1998. Her family and friends established this fund to honor her memory.

Applications are confidentially reviewed by a local committee. Grants provide assistance with the cost of medications, transportation, rent, utilities, and groceries. 

The breakdown for grants in each county is as follow:

Codington County:  422 grants

Clark County: 45 grants

Hamlin County: 45 grants

Grant County: 69 grants

Deuel County: 43 grants

Roberts County: 110 grants

Day County: 41 grants

Traverse County:   3 grants

Watonwan:   3 grants

Lac qui Parle County:   5 grants

Kingsbury County:   3 grants

Big Stone County:   7 grants

Brookings County:   1 grant

Marshall County:   1 grant

Yellow Medicine Co.   2 grants

Richland County:   1 grant

Minnehaha County:   2 grants

“With a diagnosis of stage 4 stomach and esophageal cancer, and stage 1 prostate cancer, “I am thankful for the support, I am so glad there is help for citizens going through trials like this.  It really helped us get through all of this” -2020 SJMF grant recipient.

Help support our efforts by making a donation to help those in need.  100% of your donation will go to providing grants.

During Yellow Rose Week:

  1. Purchase yellow roses:

  • $5 Single Yellow Rose 

  • $20 Gift of Caring Bouquet (2 yellow roses with 3 stems of daisies wrapped in a decorative sleeve);

  • $40 Brighten Your Day Bouquet (5 yellow roses and 5 stems of daisies in a decorative sleeve with a smiley face balloon);

  • $70 Premium Bouquet (dozen roses with baby’s breath and greenery in a vase)

  1. $10 for a yellow rose decal

  2. $20 yellow rose yard sign 

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • By credit card on our website: 

  • By calling the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at 882-7631  

  • By check payments made out to “SJMF” and mailed to the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at 401 9th Ave NW Watertown, SD 57201  

During Yellow Rose Week, the public may purchase single yellow roses at several Watertown businesses: 

American Bank & Trust, Borns Group, Country Road Barn, Crawford Osthus Funeral Home, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (FREE Mini Blizzard (value $2.89) with purchase of a yellow rose at their location, Engelstad Electric, Hy-Vee, Gas N Goodies, Gather, Great Western Bank, Hi-Line Capital Management LLC, Innovative Pain Center, Lake Stop 20, Lea’s Hallmark, Lew’s Fireworks, Inc., Moffatt Products Inc., Professional Hearing Services, Inc., Sanford Clinic Watertown, VanLaecken Orthodontics, Watertown Box Corporation, Watertown Ford Chrysler, Wheel Inn, Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, and Wishard Insurance, LLC.

Volunteers will be selling yellow roses, decals, and yard signs at Walgreens, Runnings, and Hy-Vee on various days and times throughout Yellow Rose Week.  

Having a bad day? Phillip Matthews invites you to stop into Phillip Matthews Insurance Agency Inc., for your free yellow rose, compliments of Phillip Matthews, while supply lasts.  

Deliveries are available in Watertown and the Lake Kampeska area for orders of 6 roses or more.

Out-of-town participating businesses include: Clark Flower & Gift Shop - Clark, Meyer’s Rec and Scotty’s Tavern - South Shore, Great Western Bank – Webster, and on June 2nd through Country Friends Community Club in Milbank.  

The Foundation thanks all these businesses and Hy-Vee for donating $700 towards the cost of roses, Hi-Line Capital Management, LLC for sponsoring roses for all hospitalized patients at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, and Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel for donating $1,000 in Matching Funds.

If you would like to help the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation by selling yellow roses, decals or yard signs at your place of business, please contact Lisa Dahl, Executive Director at 882-7631. 

This year, as we celebrate our 22nd anniversary, we honor long time volunteers, Dorett & Arvis Raml and Patti Linngren, who passed away this last year. Dorett, Arvis, and Patti assisted with Yellow Rose Week and their dedication and passion for the Suzanne Jacobson Memorial Fund was inspiring.  We miss each of them dearly.