SIOUX CITY — Three Woodbury County-based nonprofit agencies each received $34,000 from Missouri River Historical Development as part of the group’s annual holiday gifts program.

This year, MRHD dished out a total of $102,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland, Skyland Behavioral Services and the Siouxland Restoration Center.

BBBS plans to use the funds to help it continue to provide services to children in need of strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships.

Skyland will use the funding to help further its goal of reuniting families and improving those relationships in hopes of creating long-term stable outcomes.

Meanwhile, the Restoration Center will use the funds to continue developing Lila Mae’s House, a home that would provide therapeutic services to women who have been sex trafficked.

“Last year's theme was 'People Helping People’ and this year we again look to those who are helping people,” said outgoing MRHD president Mark Monson.

This occasion also marked a passing of the torch for Monson and several other long-term MRHD members.

Monson will transition into becoming MRHD’s first executive director in January after 28 years on the board and he will be replaced as president by Dakin Schultz.

Jackie Smith, Dale Tigges and Ron French also will leave the board at the start of the year. Collectively, those three and Monson have served MRHD for more than 80 years.

Schultz noted it will be a challenge to replace that much experience on the board, but he is confident the public won't notice the changes and that the new board will be as effective as its predecessors.

“I feel comfortable taking over,” he said. “I don't think there will be a lot of difficulty with the transition.”

Since 1994, MRHD has distributed more than $28 million to local charities, civic groups and local governmental bodies.

The nonprofit group holds the state gaming license for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it collects 4.25 percent of the casino's adjusted gross gaming revenues for distribution.

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