Storm Fans Raise Money for Backpack Program


The Sioux Falls Storm announced today that approximately $11,213.00 was raised and donated to the Sioux Falls BackPack Program from the Sunday, Feb. 15 pre-season game held at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. 

With corporate support from Arby’s Restaurants of Sioux Falls, the Storm donated a portion of every ticket sold for the game. In addition, the football club provided proceeds from a special silent auction of prominent national sports memorabilia and raffle sales for on-field promotions held during the game.

“It was a fantastic way to break in the season and a new home for the Storm. The club pulled out a win and no question, the biggest victory of all, was the financial support and exposure that the Storm organization was able to provide the BackPack Program,” said Jim Loria, the Storm’s Director of Corporate Sales.

The Sioux Falls BackPack Program provides weekend food packages to elementary, middle, and high school students in need throughout Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. The program was created to fill the hunger gap for kids that exists between Friday and Monday when schools are not in session. Currently, the Sioux Falls BackPack Program warehouse is filling up close to 4,000 bags of food each week for the qualifying children in need.

“We are so grateful to the Sioux Falls Storm and Arby’s for sponsoring this event. With the amount of money raised, 187 children will continue to receive a package of food for the rest of the semester,” stated Allison Struck, the local Sioux Falls BackPack Program Coordinator.