Lake Panorama Couple Named Panora Citizens of the Year

Bill and Connie Ridgley, who have lived at Lake Panorama full-time since 2005, were honored August 3 as the 2019 Panora Citizens of the Year. The award was presented at the Panora gazebo during Panorama Days. 

This annual award generally goes to one person, but the Ridgleys were nominated together because so much of the volunteer work they do is done together. The couple was living in Harlan when they purchased a summer home at Lake Panorama in 2003. In Harlan, Bill ran Agriland F.S. and Design before taking a position as director of research for Growmark, a large farm cooperative. They became full-time Lake Panorama residents in 2005, and he retired in 2012. 

The Ridgleys are probably best known for their work with Tori’s Angels. This non-profit foundation assists families of Iowa children with life-threatening medical challenges by paying travel expenses to treatment, as well as medical copays, deductibles and medications not covered by insurance.

Bill Ridgley has served as chairman and CEO of the Tori’s Angels Foundation board of directors since its inception. He and Connie, along with other board members and many volunteers, conduct a host of fundraising efforts throughout the year. To date, the foundation has accepted 56 children for assistance. 

Connie Ridgley leads the Children’s Clothes Closet in Panora, better known as 3 C’s, again assisted by many volunteers. The couple also is involved in Habitat for Humanity, volunteer as members of the Panora United Methodist Church, and Bill is the current president of the Panora Lion’s Club.