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Svaldis donate vehicle to benefit La Puente

Modified: Friday, Sep 20th, 2013

Dave Svaldi and his 1953 GMC truck.

ALAMOSA — Dave Svaldi doesn’t mind a little grease under his fingernails. For years the President of Adams State University enjoyed tinkering with his 1953 GMC truck, which he had restored with help from his older brother.

Now at a stage of life where they’re trying to downsize possessions, Svaldi and his wife, Virginia, recently donated the maroon and black vehicle to raise funds for La Puente, the homeless shelter in Alamosa, Colo. Another loyal La Puente supporter, Harry Mathews of Denver, purchased the truck for $10,000.

La Puente Director Lance Cheslock said, “It’s almost impossible to adequately express our gratitude for a gift of this size. It’s a symbol that the Svaldis truly believe La Puente is making a difference. I am deeply touched that community leaders like them can reach out to the most marginalized people in our community.”

“Virginia and I are both great fans of Lance and the whole La Puente family. We hope these funds will help children most of all,” Svaldi said.

For the complete article see the 09-20-2013 issue.

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