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September 27, 2018 Pleasantview Home plans 63rd Annual Benefit Sale
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In 1956, the first Benefit Sale was held to raise funds for Pleasantview Home. The institution had yet to be officially born, and the funds went directly to construct the facility – which opened two years later in 1958.

On Nov. 2 and 3, the 63rd Annual Benefit Sale will take place for Pleasantview, on the campus of Iowa Mennonite School, located on 540th Street northwest of Kalona.

Each year, the community comes together to offer funds for a project that benefits Pleasantview and its residents. This year – as was the case in 2016 – net proceeds of the benefit will support Pleasantview’s plans to create facilities for memory care and assisted living.

This multi-year project will enable Pleasantview to continue providing exceptional care for all residents. Any additional funds will be used for the general welfare of all Pleasantview residents.

The benefit relies on volunteers, who will be on campus to set up the gym and cafeteria of Iowa Mennonite School. Approximately 60 quilts and comforters will be displayed, as well as more than 400 auction items and numerous baked goods. Two meals will be prepared for the evening of Nov. 2 and the morning of Nov. 3.

The benefit begins at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at which point hungry people and generous bidders will arrive for a weekend of fun and fellowship – and support for a worthwhile cause.

A turkey tenderloin meal will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, on a donation-only basis. Musical entertainment by the Sharon Bethel Men’s Quartet and the Wellman Mennonite Worship Team begins at 5:15 p.m., as bidding takes place in the silent auction from 4-6:30 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, the live auction begins in the gym, traditionally begun with a homemade loaf of bread baked by Dr. Scott Eberly, Pleasantview’s medical director.

Auctioned items include the aforementioned quilts and comforters; meals in homes; cheese, organic milk, eggs, locally-grown pork and beef, hand-crafted items, hand-crafted ceramic mugs; gift certificates and other items from local businesses. A concession stand will be open for those who enjoy pie and ice cream.

An all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage breakfast – also by donation only – will be served from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the live auction resuming in the gym at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until all items are sold. The benefit will end at approximately noon on Saturday.

More information is available at or by calling 319-656-2421.

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