The restrictions on large gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the cancellation of the annual Raccoon Valley Bank Business Holiday Open House, for many years a high point in the holiday season, but the bank has found a heartwarming substitute.
“We know what our local communities need,” a spokesperson for the bank said Thursday, “and although we are disheartened to cancel our annual Business Holiday Open House, we are pleased to be giving back to our communities at this crucial time by donating $2,500 each to the Adel, Dallas Center, Grimes and Perry food pantries — a total $10,000 donation.”
About 300 people typically fill the lobby and open office space of the Raccoon Valley Bank in downtown Perry for the bank’s annual holiday party, catered by the Perry Hy-Vee, with prime rib, smoked salmon and a variety of toothsome finger foods shared by the local lender’s many clients, friends and Perry-area business people.
“We look forward to next year when we can celebrate with you in person,” the Raccoon Valley Bank spokesperson said. “We wish you and your families health, happiness and peace!”