‘Alternative’ Pleasantview benefit sale being planned

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For the first time since 1956, there will not be a traditional Pleasantview Benefit this year. Due to the pandemic, the benefit steering committee has deemed it irresponsible to host a large-group gathering at this time.

Several months ago, a project for this year’s benefit was selected: funding a coach/bus to replace the older, nearly non-functional bus. A 20-passenger model with five wheelchair positions is available for $65,000, fitting Pleasantview’s needs.

Nyle Kauffman, chair of the benefit steering committee,  said “many businesses and individuals have suffered financial difficulties in these past few months, but our hope is that community support for the benefit — which has been exceptional in years past — will continue this year.”

“We ask that the community please consider joining our Bucks for a Bus fund-raising campaign. Any funds contributed beyond the cost of the bus will be placed in the Pleasantview building fund.”

In addition to the option of contributing via check directly to Pleasantview, the Bucks for a Bus campaign will culminate in a two-day blitz on Nov. 6-7 — the original Benefit Sale dates. Interested persons should log onto www.pvhome.org, and hit the yellow “Donate” tab.

Gifts directly to Pleasantview should be made to “Pleasantview Benefit Sale” and mailed to the attention of Larry Swartzendruber at 811 Third St., Kalona, IA 52247.

“All gifts are extremely important,” said Kauffman. “We appreciate the continued generous support of the Pleasantview community.”

Questions should be directed to Larry Swartzendruber at Pleasantview, 319-656-2421.

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