Monday representatives from the South Dakota Auto Dealers Association presented a check for $63,700 to the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, for the Rancher Relief Fund.
The Auto Dealers Association challenged its members to raise $20,000 and the association would match it. Dealerships across the state ended up raising $43,700 and the association added $20,000.
"It was really an interesting exercise to find out how
important south Dakota issues are to all south Dakotans no east river or west
river or ranchers versus farmers, it was very very i guess heart felt to see
what happened," said South Dakota Auto Dealers Association president, Myron Rau.
And Silvia Christen of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association encourages ranchers to apply for these relief funds.
"It's a tough thing for some of our ranch family to ask for help and I can completely understand that but it's also been so incredibly humbling to see where all these donations are coming from and I really hope that these ranchers can accept this as a donation and as support in the spirit it was given" said Christen.
The Rancher Relief Fund already has about 2.3 million dollars plus the funds from the auto dealerships.