The 2nd annual Big Stars and Pink Guitars event brought the Sioux Falls community together on April 4, 2019, to support the fight to end breast cancer.

Big Stars and Pink Guitars fight breast cancer

May 24, 2019

Uniting music and philanthropy, the second annual Big Stars and Pink Guitars event returned last month, raising more than $320,000 for the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative — nearly doubling last year’s total.

On April 4, 160 guests filled The District, a music venue in Sioux Falls, for the opportunity to bid on Pink Firefly Guitars and support the fight to end breast cancer. The guitars, which resemble the pink ribbon synonymous with breast cancer awareness, each carry the autograph of an artist who has headlined the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Artists range from Alice Cooper to Toby Keith to James Taylor.

Every dollar raised will support cutting-edge breast cancer research and patient care across the Sioux Falls region.


  • 19 guitars were auctioned.
  • The winning bid for a guitar signed by the Eagles was $30,000.
  • Aside from the guitar auction, guests donated $55,000 during Fund-A-Mission, which asked guests to give what they could to support Edith Sanford’s mission. Long-time supporters Miles and Lisa Beacom matched this amount, raising the total to $110,000, in honor of Lisa’s mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.


When passion and philanthropy meet

Kory Van Sickle

Van Sickle energizes the crowd on April 4. 

Pink Firefly Guitars are the creative endeavor of Kory Van Sickle, founder and frontman of Kory and the Fireflies, a Sioux Falls-based band that has shared the stage with countless national acts.

Van Sickle approached the Sanford Health Foundation in 2014 with the idea of using the guitars and his passion for music to help raise funds for Edith Sanford. The partnership has since taken off, raising significant support for the cause.


Join TeamEdith

TeamEdith is a fundraising movement led by the Sanford Health Foundation that unites our community in the fight against breast cancer. Every dollar raised stays local to support patient care and research through the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative. Give today or host a fundraiser of your own.