The Sanford House opens with celebration

December 14, 2017

At an intimate event on December 4, Denny Sanford was celebrated at the Sanford House, a new facility in Sioux Falls that bears the story of his life and legacy as health care’s greatest philanthropist.

Major donors who had generously supported the construction of the House gathered to raise a toast in honor of Mr. Sanford and his far-reaching impact. The mood was warm and festive even as the season’s first snowstorm roared outside.

Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health, and Micah Aberson, chief global brand officer, present Mr. Sanford with a painting of the Sanford House at the celebration event.

“The Sanford House is a tribute to philanthropy, built through philanthropy, which is so appropriate and befitting of Denny,” said Micah Aberson, chief global brand officer at Sanford Health. “Someday, our children and grandchildren will be able to visit this building and discover the story of Denny Sanford and Sanford Health, to see what they’ve done and what they were doing.”

Sanford International Board meets

Later that week, members of the Sanford International Board arrived at the Sanford House from around the world for the board’s annual meeting.

The nine-member board was formed last December to help guide the expansion of Sanford Health’s global health initiatives and play a role in other Sanford international endeavors. Among its most high profile roles will be the selection of the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award winner next year.

The Sanford House includes permanent meeting space for the board and Sanford Health leadership, as well as offices for the Sanford Health Foundation’s 30-member Sioux Falls staff.

Sanford House open to the public

The official grand opening of the Sanford House and additional Sanford Health Foundation events for Honor’s and Legacy members are planned for the summer of 2018. In the meantime, the public is invited to explore the House at any time.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy photos, memorabilia and exhibits that illustrate the impact of Mr. Sanford’s extraordinary generosity and, hopefully, inspire the spirit of giving.

Find an interactive exhibit that demonstrates the power of philanthropy.


Explore two balconies that tell Mr. Sanford’s personal story, from the boy, to the man, to the legend.


See how Mr. Sanford transformed a life of success into one of significance, beginning with his first major gift in 2004.

Learn more about the Sanford House or arrange a visit at sanfordhousesd.org.