The United Difference - Strong Connections


What does it take to bring a run-down local theatre back to life? A big vision, strong community connections, and a lot of individuals stepping up to do the work!
 
In 2016 when the Ida Grove Community Foundation took on the task of renovating the local King Theatre, Cheryl Gosch accepted the big role of Treasurer. She had a “soft spot” for the theatre with fond memories of working there in high school and with her banking experience, managing the finances was a good fit. This led to helping with fundraising and countless hours of cleaning out debris, helping with construction, painting, decorating and helping with many fundraisers. Cheryl commented, “The annual caramel apple fundraiser is a community favorite and it takes a lot of people. I’m so proud of our UBI staff . . . this year over 20 UBI employees helped with the project along with a dedicated group of new and repeat community volunteers”. The volunteers made over 1000 delicious apples!
 
United Bank of Iowa has shown their support of reviving the King Theatre with a generous monetary donation and continues to sponsor movies and special events. We’re very proud of all the employee hours our staff has donated to this beautiful community venue. Owen Bolte, Chairman of the Board, and Sandy Ullrich, Casual Receptionist, are also active members of the foundation board.
 
Strong community connections between businesses and individuals is what brings great visions to life and the King Theatre is a perfect example! Check out a movie or event at “The King” and, while enjoying your popcorn, look around and appreciate all the volunteer work it took to make it the entertainment destination it is today.