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Farmland Raffle Raises Money For Health Care

February 13, 2012, 9:59 PM by David Brown

Farmland Raffle Raises Money For Health Care
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A labor of love might be an understatement this Valentine's Day for one Sioux Falls doctor. And she's also providing a new meaning to giving away the farm.

Dr. Annette Bosworth has traveled around the state trying to find ways to distribute cost-effective medicine to those who don't have access. While the endeavor has good intentions, raising awareness and money has been difficult. That's why the Plankinton native decided to get a little creative and raffle off her family's farmland.

"The first week, everybody thought it was a scam," Bosworth said. "The second week, they kind of said, 'No, I think this is real.' So that's when it started to pick up and over the last five days, I haven't been able to keep up with what the number is."

Bosworth is selling $1,000 tickets to the first 500 people who sign up. The winning ticket will get nearly 160 acres to farm and hunt in Aurora County, all for the purpose of helping those in need.

"I'm using South Dakota land for a completely different purpose," Bosworth said. "But it is kind of rewarding the talent of thinking outside the box." 

Bosworth says rural communities make up a majority of the state of South Dakota. And she believes the combination of technology and more personal service can meet the needs of those communities.

"The process of taking in a patient or understanding who they are becomes very much the patient's responsibility," Bosworth said. "And they take ownership in their care a lot quicker."

The Aurora County land has been in Bosworth's family for generations. While she admits not everyone is sold on the idea, she believes it's her way of changing the health care landscape as a private physician.

"It is a little crazy to say this idea of raffling your land, how could you possibly do that?" Bosworth said. "But it's also a little crazy to think you can be one person and change how the industry works." 

Bosworth says only half of the 500 raffle tickets have been sold so far. The drawing won't happen until they're all gone. But with the recent stream of customers, she hopes that can happen in a few weeks.

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