Wakonda community hosting benefit for Cheryl Polley family

Wakonda community hosting benefit for Cheryl Polley family The Wakonda, Irene, Centerville and surrounding communities are working together to organize a benefit for Cheryl Polley of Wakonda.

The benefit will be held on Saturday, June 11 at the Wakonda Legion Hall. Cheryl is the wife of Rod Polley and the mother of three children, Adam, 16, Justin, 13, and Roxanne, 12, who all attend school in Wakonda. Cheryl has been diagnosed with cancer and has been unable to work since the end of April.

Cheryl and Rod headed for Chicago on May 30 for an appointment with an oncologist on May 31 in pursuit of a treatment that will help slow the progression of Cheryl's cancer.

Cheryl is the daughter of Robert and Janice Olson from Irene. She graduated from Irene High School in 1987. Rod is the son of Russell Polley and the late Reta Polley of Wakonda. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1976.

Rod and Cheryl were married June 7, 1988 and have lived in Wakonda and the Wakonda area their entire married life. Cheryl works for Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg as a CNA and Rod works for the Clay County Highway Department.

Family and friends are sponsoring the supper, auction and dance benefit on Saturday, June 11. The supper will begin at 4 p.m., with a free will donation at the door. Pork loin sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and homemade bars will be on the menu.

An auction will begin at

6:30 p.m. with Marvin and Ken Girard, Brad Olson and Harlan Knutson who are volunteering their time to auctioneer. The auction will feature quilts, Terry Redlin prints, gift certificates, toy tractors, antiques and a multitude of other items too numerous to mention.

A unique item on the auction is a traveling "benefit quilt." This is the fourth benefit that the quilt will be auctioned off and it will continue to travel to surrounding communities for future benefits.

The dance will follow the auction with Midnight Special volunteering their musical talents.

All proceeds will go to Cheryl and her family for expenses incurred from missed work and for her cancer treatments/medical bills.

An account has been opened at the First Premier Bank in Wakonda. For more information on how to donate items to the auction or to make a cash donation, you may contact: Pam Ganschow at 605-267-2607 or Teresa Skonhovd at 605-267-2590. Come out for a delicious supper, shopping spree, great entertainment and be a part of the gift of giving.

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