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Meet Sylvia: I Will Keep on Giving [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on March 20, 2024

In “one of the best darn communities in the country,” lives Sylvia, a resident at The Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls, SD. Sylvia created the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza for Sioux Falls in 1980, and she continues to help with it to this day.

Of course, her parade isn’t just for the community which she holds so dearly. It’s for a cause greater than any one person.


“I was at a national YWCA meeting on St. Patrick’s Day and, of course, they painted Fifth Avenue green. I thought, ‘For Heaven’s sake, you could do that in Sioux Falls,’” she answered when asked about how the idea arose for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, adding, “When in doubt, create a parade.”

Most recently, she was able to recruit longtime friends, the Khartum Temple Pipes and Drums from Winnipeg, Canada, to perform. The band has known Sylvia for a long time, having met many years ago when they were playing at a park across from Sylvia’s house. Since then, they’ve had a hand in the ongoing success of her St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza, and they’ve stuck with it because of the cause — “This is all about raising money for Special Olympics, and that’s a cause we believe in.”Guide to Senior Living Tours CTA


All the money they raise from the events throughout the celebration goes toward the Special Olympics and other children’s charities in the Sioux Falls area. Sylvia picked the Special Olympics because of its close personal connection with her family. She had a child with disabilities who qualified for the Special Olympics.

For Sylvia, there’s nothing quite like using a parade to give back. “It’s good for the community. It’s our community, and it deserves what energy we have. This is one of the best darn communities in the country. We are living in a hell of a great city.”

Topics: Senior Living, Videos

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