Make Some Happy: Mud Mile Communications Partners with Washington Pavilion to Give Away Family Memberships

April 7, 2021

Sioux Falls, SD – Mud Mile Communications will give away 50 Washington Pavilion memberships to deserving families just in time for summer. The initiative, called Make Some Happy, will provide 50 family memberships paid for a full year, and recipient families will be selected through a nomination process. Nominate a family today!

“The Washington Pavilion is one of the great gems in our community and provides children amazing educational opportunities to prepare them for the future. So many people have done so much and gone above and beyond for others this past year. This is something we can do for you,” says Jolene Loetscher, CEO of Mud Mile Communications.

Jolene and her husband, Nate Burdine, created the Make Some Happy initiative as a way to celebrate Father’s Day after the birth of their daughter, Liberty. The program started as a toy and book drive, but as their daughter began to learn and grow at the Washington Pavilion, the family determined a new way to give back to their community: ensuring every family has the opportunity to experience the Washington Pavilion.

Families must be nominated to be entered into the giveaway. Nomination applications can be found at Guidelines include:

  • Nominators can nominate more than one family but must fill out a separate application for each nomination.
  • Families may be nominated by several different nominators.
  • Number of nominations will have no impact on likelihood of winning.
  • Families can self-nominate as well. 

Mud Mile has developed a selection committee of community leaders who will help choose the membership recipients. The selection committee includes:

  • Inkka Beaudion, Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen
  • Julian Beaudion, Community Leader
  • Amanda Feldkamp, Stifel
  • Melissa Johnson, Oh My Cupcakes!
  • Sawyer Vanden Heuvel, South Dakota Synod, ELCA
  • Nate Burdine, Mud Mile Communications
  • Jolene Loetscher, Mud Mile Communications

“Mud Mile Communications has been an incredible partner to help us tell our story at the Washington Pavilion, and we are so grateful they are choosing to give back to the community in this way. We are proud to partner with them on this initiative that is definitely a win/win for us and the region,” says Chelsea Cronin, Washington Pavilion Development Manager.

Each family membership is valued at about $120 and includes exclusive opportunities to experience the sights, sounds and hands-on nature of the Washington Pavilion for up to five people. Included with membership is free, year-round access to the Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center, discounts on classes, camps and so much more.

Who are these deserving families in our community? Please nominate them by going to today! The deadline for nominations is April 30. Recipients will be announced May 20.

About the Washington Pavilion
The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The vast array of high-quality programming and educational activities available through the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center and Community Education ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to inspire, educate, entertain and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here. For information about our programs, please call 605-367-6000 or visit

About Mud Mile Communications
Mud Mile Communications is the region’s most honored content agency and named after the unpaved ways that wind through the rural country we call home. These roads remind us that the route may not always be smooth, but at the end, you find home. Our process sets us apart from the rest, be it public relations, social media, traditional advertising, 360 video, digital media, legacy channels, scoreboards or sports marketing. Discover the path with us, down the Mud Mile.