Rydell In The Community



Rydell's Annual Car Show

Annually in July - For the past 11 years, Rydell Chevrolet has hosted a car show benefit. Numerous makes and models from a variety of decades show up every year with 200+ vehicles to admire. Top 25 trophies are awarded as well as Best of Show. In 2019, Rydell with the help of their sponsors was able to donate $6,000 to Cedar Bend Humane Society and $6,000 to Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This would not have been possible without our donors with monetary donations made by Tama County Pork Producers, Chase Bank, PDCM, ADG, Mudd Advertising, BankIowa, Forbin, Cars.com, Access Systems, Phelps, Agency 720, Waterloo Auto Parts, Autotrader, Woolverton, CallSource, Sunrise Catering, and Signs By Tomorrow. 

Previous years beneficiaries include, Beau's Beautiful Blessings/Place to Play Park, Retrieving Freedom, Waterloo Honor Flight and more. 

The most raised for the fundraiser was in 2018 with a total of $13,100 raised for Beau's Beautiful Blessings/Place to Play Park. 
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Rydell Chevrolet Goes to Bat for Waterloo Optimist's League

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. 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."
2019 marks Chevrolet's Youth Baseball program's 14th 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. This was Rydell's 8th 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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