Tom Maxwell, new owner of the Hotel Pattee in Perry, stunned the crowd at the 11th annual Raccoon River Valley Trail Association banquet Saturday night, Feb. 24, by announcing that he and his wife Vickie Maxwell are donating $10,000 to the “Let’s Connect” project.

That effort is raising funds for the 9-mile-long trail that will link the RRVT and the High Trestle Trail.

Here Maxwell, left, is presenting a ceremonial check to Mike Wallace, director of the Dallas County Conservation Board and a member of the board of the RRVT Association.

More than 165 people attended the banquet, which was held at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

Check the Raccoon River Valley Trail website for more on the event and the this website and “Let’s Connect” project.

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