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Group training dogs for vets raises $72K

November 16, 2023

Max Hansen, of Powell, served in the U.S. Navy for eight and a half years, working as a nuclear machinist mate on the USS Nimitz. 

Last weekend, he was one of three veterans to receive a service dog from K9 Elite, an organization based in Lovell that helps provide trained service dogs to veterans in need. 

Black Hills Motorcycle Show proceeds to benefit the          Sacred Mountain Retreat Center

May 9, 2023

After 32 years of showcasing the best in motorcycle customization, the Black Hills Motorcycle Show returns for a day of family-friendly fun on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Events Center. Hosted by Deadwood Custom Cycles, the show will feature custom-built bikes from those of all skill levels, from the garage builder to the most influential builders in the motorcycle industry.

all about the 5th annual winter gala

February 6, 2023

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center’s Winter Gala hopes to further help veterans and first responders with their programs.

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center’s Upcoming annual winter gala

January 18, 2023

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center’s Winter Gala to honor over 40 veteran award recipients and feature keynote speaker Jessica Lynch.

Successful banquet Provides up to 20 Service dogs

November 29, 2022

A successful banquet has given K9 Elite the resources to raise, train and provide up to 20 service dogs in the next year, a record amount for the growing organization.

K9 Elite hosted its first Veterans and First Responders banquet on Nov. 11 at the Heart Mountain Building in Powell. More than 250 people attended the event, which provided a meal along with a live auction, a silent auction and a gun raffle.

At the end of the event $60,000 was raised.

About Sacred Mountain Retreat Center

August 29, 2022

Learn about Sacred Mountain Retreat Center and discover the experiences of its mentors, volunteers, and attendees.

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center Interview – The Military Biker

August 28, 2022

While enjoying Legendary Deadwood, The Military Biker stops to interview members of the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center.

Interview starts at timestamp 9:07 and ends at 11:43

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center Interview – News Center 1

August 9, 2022

An interview with Founder & President Jerrid Geving. Jerrid talks about Sacred Mountain Retreat Center and its upcoming events. 

Sacred Mountain provides tranquility and healing for first responders, veterans and Gold Star families

September 27, 2021

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center (SMRC), just outside Deadwood, South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills, is a haven for Veterans and First Responders who are suffering from PTSD or trauma, and Gold Star families. SMRC seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s wounded. They are a catalyst for positive change in the lives of these heroes and help to eliminate the noise of everyday life in the tranquil, wooded retreat.

Healing at SMRC is encouraged through exposure to nature, alternative healing methods, hands-on work and open communication with brothers and sisters in arms. This includes equine therapy in which participants learn to overcome fear and rejection by working with horses. Retreat members also work with their hands to create blacksmith-quality knives and leather sheaths to build esteem. Helping with meal preparation creates an atmosphere of camaraderie and is relaxing. Daily body healing sessions vary with options of yoga, massage, cryotherapy, and use of the infrared sauna to improve circulation and immunity. This all-inclusive experience is designed to build trust, reduce anxiety, and strengthen coping mechanisms.

Ultimate Flags helps honor 9/11 Heroes

September 14, 2021

Ultimate Flags was honored to help make a beautiful event a reality in Deadwood, SD. The event, Healing Heroes Golf Tournament and retreat, was held to honor the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks over the 20th anniversary weekend at the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center.

7 Ground Zero Heroes arrive in Rapid City for 9/11 Anniversary

September 10, 2021

Seven “Ground Zero Heroes” from New York arrived in Rapid City Friday morning.

The group of mostly retired police and firefighters taking part in a golf tournament at Sacred Mountain Retreat in Deadwood Saturday for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The heroes met with a crowd of supporters – including those from Sacred Mountain Retreat, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Rapid City Police Department – before being escorted by local law enforcement officers through Rapid City, Sturgis, and Deadwood.

Retired NYPD officer Christopher Dukes described that day in 2001 as “unbelievable.”

Poker run raises $10.3K for Puppies Healing Heroes program

September 3, 2021

A poker run sponsored by Deadwood Custom Cycles and Saloon No. 10 raised $10,360 for a Sacred Mountain Retreat Center program that pairs service dogs with veterans and awareness for the center’s new Puppies Healing Heroes program.