- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Black Hills city of Custer will be honored as the community of the year next month.

The award is part of the Governor’s Philanthropy Luncheon to be held Oct. 6 at the Rushmore Holiday Inn in Rapid City.

The city was nominated based on its support of Operation Black Hills Cabin, based in Custer. This project started in 2011 as a way to provide a week-long respite for combat disabled veterans and their immediate family.

Custer Mayor Gary Lipp says the entire Black Hills community and all South Dakotans are part of the efforts to thank veterans for their service.

More than 200 people and 40 businesses including area attractions and restaurants welcome the veterans who have visited from 25 states.

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