Darla Drew is a lifelong resident of Rapid City graduating from Stevens High School. As a young entrepreneur, Darla started Black Hills Talent and Bookings in 1979, booking bands and arranging entertainment for conventions, schools, fairs, lounges, fundraisers, street dances and weddings. She ran Black Hills Talent and Booking for 25 years.
Throughout Darla's career, she has worn many hats, working for Black Hills Corporation and Rural Head Start programs in South Dakota. She spearheaded the Allied Arts Fund Drive and was eventually hired as the Development Director for the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl, rising to Assistant Director before leaving in 2010.
Dedicated to give back to her community, Darla organized the annual Readiatrics book drive. The Readiatrics book drive collects new and used books for children in the Rapid City area who are facing challenges in home, family, or health. To date, they have successfully collected over 100,000 new and gently used books.
Darla was presented with the Athena Award in 2001 and also the Rushmore Honors award in 2005. Darla is a wife of 35 years and part of a local band known as DD and the Fayrohs. DD & The Fayrohs were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Darla's commitment to her community is evident. She was elected to represent Ward 5 on the Rapid City Common Council in 2014 and states, "I will continue to keep our City on the positive path through downtown development, support of the arts, and continued infrastructure improvements".
Term Expires: 2019