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Summer's Last Dance to raise money for Make-A-Wish

Save the last dance for Make-A-Wish.

Summer's Last Dance, an outdoor concert and fundraiser for Make-A-Wish South Dakota, will run from 4 to 11 p.m. today at Mitchell's Hitchcock Park near the bandshell. Tickets are $10 for adults; children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult get in free. Ticket purchases include a chance to win a $500 Cabela's gift card.

Paul Krueger, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota, said the event will raise money to grant wishes to children in the Mitchell area.

"It's just a great setting," he said. "We're looking forward to a great event."

The evening will include three bands: Main Avenue Warehouse playing from 5 to 7 p.m.; Farewell Milwaukee, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and The Go Figure Band from 9 to 11 p.m. There will be food and drinks available to purchase. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Krueger said one of the organization's area "wish kids," Brady Bunker, will be there to tell his story and share what Make-A-Wish has meant to him.

Make-A-Wish is a national nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, "to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy," according to company materials. Krueger said Make-A-Wish South Dakota has granted six wishes to kids in the Mitchell/Huron area in the last year, and is in the process of granting wishes to another six. He said the average wish costs about $7,000, and children must be 2-and-a-half to 18 years old to qualify.