Raccoon Valley Bank gives $25,000 to Raccoon River Pet Rescue

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Celebrating the Raccoon Valley Bank's $25,000 donation to the Raccoon River Pet Rescue Tuesday were, front row from left, Janelle Repp, Liz Garst, Joyce VanKirk, Jill Brosnahan, Joelle Miner and Terry Nielsen; second row from left, Sofia DeSoto, Melanie Smith, Joan Barber, Cookie Buckler, Sheri Luett, Eileen Splendore and Abby Clayton; back row from left, Denisse Westphal, Diane Vallejo, Kelsey Hughes, Melissa Landon, Matt McDevitt, Kathryn Sandie, Tod Ellis, Ben Steenhoven and Rick Mosher.

The Raccoon Valley Bank presented a $25,000 donation Tuesday toward the soon-to-be-completed Raccoon River Pet Rescue in Perry.

“We’re happy to make this donation because the Raccoon River Pet Rescue is great for Perry and a fantastic tribute to the graciousness of the VanKirk family,” said Terry Nielsen, Raccoon Valley Bank president and chief executive officer. “This is something we can be in full support of as it meets a need in Perry and the whole county.”

Ground was broken in May on the 5.59-acre pet rescue property on Ivy Place on Perry’s south side. Construction has been steady all summer and is expected to be completed in November.

“The building’s coming along great,” said Liz Garst, owner and board chair of the Raccoon Valley Bank, who braved the storm clouds between Coon Rapids and Perry in order to attend the ceremony.

“The interior dog kennels are taking shape and the front entrance,” said Janelle Repp, a member of the Raccoon River Pet Rescue Board of Directors, “but there’s still a lot to do inside, from buying furniture to hiring staff. We are just so incredibly grateful to the Raccoon Valley Bank for this big boost to our fundraising.”

Other members of the non-profit pet rescue’s board of directors on hand for Tuesday’s ceremony were Joelle Miner, Sheri Luett, Joyce Conklin VanKirk and Jill Brosnahan.

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