Erin Sanderson, development manager of Sanford Children's Miracle Network, and team received national recognition for their commitment to kids and families.

Sanford Children’s Miracle Network team takes home national awards

March 22, 2019

Kids and families at Sanford Children’s already know the team behind Sanford Children’s Miracle Network is one of a kind. Now, the rest of the country does, too.

Earlier this month, Erin Sanderson, development manager of Sanford Children’s Miracle Network, was named Person of the Year by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This award recognizes an outstanding leader whose accomplishments, ongoing efforts, and overall service reflect a passion for children and their families. Sanderson was selected from 170 eligible individuals at hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Sanderson accepted the award during Children’s Hospitals Week 2019, March 18 through 22, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. In her honor, the McLane Corporation, a corporate partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, will donate $10,000 to the Sanford Health Foundation.

Top fundraiser, small market

In addition, Sanderson and the Sanford Children’s Miracle Network team were recognized as the 2018 top fundraisers in a small market. A small market is defined by a city with fewer than 1 million people in the fundraising territory.

“I could not be more proud of this team,” said Bobbie Tibbetts, vice president of the Sanford Health Foundation. “Through their drive, passion, and hard work, they continue to exceed expectations, impacting countless patients and families in our Sioux Falls region. And they have so much fun doing it!”

In 2018, Sanford Children’s Miracle Network raised $2,261,254 to support lifesaving care at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. Of 57 other hospitals in small markets, only two others raised more than $2 million. This achievement reflects not only the dedication of the fundraising team but the exceptional generosity of donors across the Sioux Falls region.

Visit the Sanford Children’s Miracle Network Facebook page to give the team a shoutout and see what they’re up to next!


100% of funds stay local

Sanford Children’s joined Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1986, making it the exclusive Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in eastern South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northern Nebraska.

Every dollar raised supports children and families at Sanford Children’s by providing for lifesaving equipment, special programs like Child Life, assistance with costs not covered by insurance and more.