Founders Circle celebrates visionary donors

August 30, 2018

This December, Sanford Health will ignite momentum behind the world’s next big medical breakthrough when it presents the inaugural $1 million Sanford Lorraine Cross Award.

“A decade ago, Sanford Health was given a gift from philanthropist Denny Sanford,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health president and CEO. “We’ve spent those 10 years growing and establishing ourselves. Now, it’s time for us to give to the next generation, and we’re specifically looking for those experts who are at the finish line of innovation. We want to reward those scientists or doctors who take an idea and see it through.”

Presently a scientific advisory board, comprised of 12 of the world’s leading experts in fields ranging from immunology to pediatrics, regenerative medicine, oncology, aging and more, is vetting candidates in effort to advance just three finalists.

Candidates are evaluated on multiple levels, including the significance of their work and its contribution to science, clinical practice, patient lives or public health. Professional contributions and personal history and characteristics are also major considerations.

Later this year, the Sanford International Board will hear presentations from the award front-runners, with the winner announced in December at the Medical Maverick Celebration, a special event to take place in Sioux Falls.

Interested in learning more? Here are eight key things to know about the Award.

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The $1 million prize, awarded every other year, will be supported in perpetuity through an endowment established by donors to the Sanford Health Foundation. These donors will help ignite a future of innovation, accelerate real, tangible progress and deliver hope and healing around the world.

Those who invest $1 million or more will be honored as members of the Founders Circle and celebrated for their visionary generosity.

Members of the Founders Circle will also enjoy a permanent seat at Award ceremonies.

To learn more, please contact Helen Henkin Kluck at helen.henkin@sanfordhealth.org or call (605) 312-6700.