Dale McElhany, Watertown

Dale McElhany, Watertown

Dale McElhany, Watertown

Pictured: Dale McElhany, Watertown

Each year, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota recognizes a distinguished volunteer in honor of outstanding service and support to LSS.

This year LSS hosted the seventh-annual Doing Good on the Green in Watertown. This golf tournament has grown to be an annual attraction for golfers from all over the state (and some as far as Arizona). But this event would not be possible if not for the leadership, vision and passion of its founder. Dale McElhany is the proud and very much deserving recipient of the 2017 LSS Distinguished volunteer of the year award.

Touched by adoption through LSS himself, Dale has been a passionate advocate for LSS adoption services. He has made it his mission to provide assistance to families that want nothing more than to experience the love of a child. Dale’s stewardship of this event has helped raise more than $100,000 for services in the Watertown area, providing numerous scholarships to create happy families through LSS Adoption Services.

Each year, employees, volunteers, organizations, community and corporate partners and many others support LSS in a variety of ways—building a strong foundation and tradition of serving those in need. The results of their actions cannot possibly be calculated numerically. Yet their efforts are vital in helping individuals, families and communities find inner strength during difficult and challenging times. LSS is grateful for all who have given in one way or another.

Lutheran Social Services is a private non-profit social service agency. Last year, 52,001 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide. Core services offered by LSS include adoption, pregnancy counseling, foster care, kinship services, childcare & education, disaster response, mental health counseling, Fatherhood & Re-entry Services, Center for Financial Resources, residential services for children & youth, alternatives to detention, independent living services for young adults, mentoring, Better Together and Center for New Americans. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services. LSS services are licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. LSS is a United Way agency.

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