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Rydell Gift to support Gallagher Bluedorn expansion

Jim and Ardy Rydell stand together and smile for a picture.Jim and Ardy Rydell have always believed in being strong advocates for Gallagher Bluedorn, always encouraging others to experience the wonderful facility in order to help bring some JOY to others. They have supported the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn for several years and are proud members of the Ovation Society. In addition, Ardy also served on the "10th Birthday Bash" committee and was a member of the Gallagher Bluedorn Advisory Board for 6 years.

Ardy said that the 10th Birthday Bash was an absolutely wonderful experience. "I had the privilege to serve on the committee with so many talented and hard working gals," she said, "it was truly an amazing evening that I will never forget!"

So many performances stand out as their most memorable, too many for them to begin to count. One highlight that stood out, however, was being a sponsor for Kenny G's performance. They recalled that it was a spectacular evening, where Kenny G walked up and down the aisles serenading the audience and even gave a lucky patron his saxophone!

The expansion of Gallagher Bluedorn is a fantastic opportunity to provide more ambience and necessary changes that will attract new and returning patrons, creating lasting memories that the Cedar Valley deserves. In the years to come, their hope is that more people will realize everything the Gallagher Bluedorn has to offer, and know that it is a place for all to relax, have fun, and share fabulous experiences with their friends and family.

The Rydell's firmly believe that the performing arts are a vital part of every community. The arts have the power to bring such joy and happiness in a patron's life and can relieve stress in an ever changing world. It helps folks communicate with one another and can be an important part of the lives of future generations. The Rydell's want to honor their grandchildren, Haylie & Josie Halbur, with their donation, and for all children in Iowa. Supporting the arts has the power to educate and build confidence and that is the legacy they want to continue for all to enjoy. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Rydell's, our building expansion will help transform the Gallagher Bluedorn to continue inspiring the Cedar Valley for years to come!

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