At Dave Matthews Band shows in October 2019, Sanford employees turned out for live music and each other, donating record amount to employee crisis funds.

Concerts unite Sanford employees

November 25, 2019

For two nights in October, Sanford Health employees filled the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to see the Dave Matthews Band perform live and help raise more than $140,000 for colleagues in need.

Sanford organized the concerts as a gesture of appreciation to its family of 50,000. To receive tickets, employees could donate $10 or more to the Sanford Health Foundation or Good Samaritan Foundation in support of employee crisis funds.

By the final encore, a total of $142,033.07 was raised, with funds distributed according to each employee’s region or workplace:

  • Bemidji: $3,000.40
  • Bismarck: $4,254.84
  • Fargo: $27,998.43
  • Sioux Falls: $95,155.40
  • Good Samaritan Society: $11,624.00


Help when the unexpected strikes

The crisis funds provide financial assistance when unforeseen circumstances leave an employee unable to meet basic needs, like food, housing, clothing and transportation.

Any Sanford or Good Samaritan Society employee can apply for assistance.


Are you a Sanford employee?

You can support colleagues in your community by giving through payroll deduction, a PTO donation or a one-time gift at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/giveback.

A gift of $10 per pay period, for example, could cover $240 worth of grocery gift cards for a co-worker experiencing a crisis.

To apply for funding, contact your local Human Resources office.