Rydell In The Community



10th Annual Rydell Car Show

Waterloo, July 2018 - The 10th Annual Rydell Car Show Benefit was held on Sunday, July 8th at Rydell Chevrolet in Waterloo, Iowa. Numerous makes and models from a variety of decades were among the 200+ vehicles represented. Top 25 trophies were awarded as well as Best of Show. A special performance was made by the Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre's production of Grease. All proceeds from vehicle registrations, t-shirt sales, silent auction and bake sale went directly to Beau's Beautiful Blessings to help build a Place to Play Inclusive Park in Cedar Falls. Monetary donations were also made by Tama County Pork Producers, Chase Bank, Mudd Advertising, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Farmers State Bank, Automotive Decisions Group, BankIowa, Access Systems, Inc., Agency 720, Cars.com, Megan Bohr, K&W Electric Inc., Waterloo Auto Parts, Autotrader, Signs by Tomorrow - Cedar Falls, The Shirt Shack, Woolverton Printing and PDCM Insurance. In all, $13,100 was raised for the fundraiser, surpassing Rydell's annual car show record.

A message from Amanda Weichers, founder of Beau's Beautiful Blessings:
"Beau's Beautiful Blessings would like to recognize the determination and endless efforts of the Rydell employees for putting on yet another amazing car show, as well as all the attendees of the show and those who registered a vehicle to participate in the show. Volunteers for the organization enjoyed spending the day spreading awareness about the Place to Play Inclusive Park project."

About A Place to Play Park:
This special inclusive park will be built in Cedar Falls and will be designed to allow children of ALL abilities to play together in one park! From the soft padded ground, to the fully accessible bathroom, being fenced in and designed to encourage imaginative play, this park will be a destination park. Additional information, plans and video at: http://www.yourplacetoplay.org/ #PlaceToPlayPark 
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Rydell Chevrolet Goes to Bat for Waterloo Optimist's League

Waterloo, April, 2018 - Rydell Chevrolet joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser. Through test drives, Rydell was able to double their 2017 contribution for a grand total of $1,000 in 2018 to the Waterloo Optimist League. Rydell also presented an equipment kit with a batting cage, balls, and more to the league. During the league's registration, employees from the dealership gave out free shirts and stickers as well as fresh popped popcorn.
"Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Rydell Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Waterloo." said Dave Brenden, Marketing Director for Rydell Chevrolet. "Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players."
2018 marks Chevrolet's Youth Baseball program's 13th year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 12.4 million young people in communities where Chevrolet's customers live, work and play. In 2017, more than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country. This was Rydell's 7th year participating in the program. 
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KEYS TO PROGRESS HELPS VET IN NEED

Matt Halbur and Brad Vaughn of Rydell Chevrolet stand next to the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva that will be given to Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Brandon Hayden of Davenport as part of Progressive Insurance's "Keys to Progress" program. 

November, 2016 - Rydell rebuilt a totaled 2012 Chevrolet Captiva mid-size sport-utility vehicle for Brandon Hayden, a U.S. Army Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran of Davenport. Personal circumstances recently left him temporarily homeless and without a reliable automobile. The initiative was part of a "Keys to Progress" program initiated by Progressive in 2013. It has donated 300 reconditioned vehicles to veterans and veteran families since then. When Progressive chose to help an Iowa veteran, it also offered an Iowa dealership, Rydell, the opportunity to participate in large part because of Vaughn, who manages Rydell's collision center. Vaughn's son, Travis, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2007. Rydell was the first Iowa dealership selected for the Keys to Progress program.

In addition to regular support of Kandie Vaughn's "Shower of Gifts," Rydell put a custom-designed "fallen soldier" motorcycle on display in 2012, which was raffled off to raise funds for that effort. The dealership also has donated proceeds from an annual July classic car show to the Retrieving Freedom service dog organization in Waverly and Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
Rydell representatives will present the vehicle to Hayden Thursday at Progressive's St. Louis service center. He will be one of more than 100 veterans receiving vehicles through the initiative. Decker said Hayden also will receive about $10,000 worth of furniture and other household items donated by Progressive. 
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Keys to Progress Helps Vet in Need

Matt Halbur and Brad Vaughn of Rydell Chevrolet stand next to the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva that will be given to Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Brandon Hayden of Davenport as part of Progressive Insurance's "Keys to Progress" program. 

November, 2016 - Rydell rebuilt a totaled 2012 Chevrolet Captiva mid-size sport-utility vehicle for Brandon Hayden, a U.S. Army Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran of Davenport. Personal circumstances recently left him temporarily homeless and without a reliable automobile. The initiative was part of a "Keys to Progress" program initiated by Progressive in 2013. It has donated 300 reconditioned vehicles to veterans and veteran families since then. When Progressive chose to help an Iowa veteran, it also offered an Iowa dealership, Rydell, the opportunity to participate in large part because of Vaughn, who manages Rydell's collision center. Vaughn's son, Travis, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2007. Rydell was the first Iowa dealership selected for the Keys to Progress program.

In addition to regular support of Kandie Vaughn's "Shower of Gifts," Rydell put a custom-designed "fallen soldier" motorcycle on display in 2012, which was raffled off to raise funds for that effort. The dealership also has donated proceeds from an annual July classic car show to the Retrieving Freedom service dog organization in Waverly and Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
Rydell representatives will present the vehicle to Hayden Thursday at Progressive's St. Louis service center. He will be one of more than 100 veterans receiving vehicles through the initiative. Decker said Hayden also will receive about $10,000 worth of furniture and other household items donated by Progressive. 

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