The South Dakota Line Patrol has broken all previous records. The event raises money for a fund designated to help South Dakota electric cooperative employees in crisis. To date, $71,000 has been donated to cooperative employees. Read about some of the families who’ve received funds in our Nov/Dec 2009 Basin Today story on the ride: Hitting the hog to bring home the bacon
During this year’s ride, taken Sept. 7-8, more money was raised than during any previous year. 251 people raised $19,750 at the live auction, and another $18,000 with the sale of t-shirts, sponsored by Basin Electric, East River Electric Power Cooperative and Rushmore Electric, and raffle tickets. Cooperatives also did some individual fundraising.
Karla Steele of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association organizes each year’s event. “It was an amazing ride with great weather. It was a record-breaker all the way around. The cooperative family truly has a heart of gold and their dedication to this event is what makes it the success that it is,” she says.
See posts from previous years, including photos and video:
Sept. 13, 2011: Riding the line for charity
Sept. 13, 2010: Hitting the hog to bring home the bacon with South Dakota co-ops