Orangeville car dealerships jointly raise $220,000 for Headwaters Health Care Centre
Selling cars can be a tough, competitive business; even more so in these lean economic times.
Yet, that didn’t stop all 12 new care dealerships in the Orangeville area from coming together to raise $220,000 to help equip and maintain the Headwaters Health Care Centre.
The joint donation was spearheaded by Danny Brackett, dealer principle at MacMaster Buick GMC, and enthusiastically supported by the others.
They included Autohaus Orangeville, Blackstock Ford Lincoln, Hallmark Toyota, Motion Mazda, Orangeville Chrysler, Orangeville Honda, Orangeville Hyundai, Orangeville Kia, Orangeville Mitsubishi, Orangeville Nissan and Royal Chevrolet Cadillac.
“The hospital is so important to the health of our community,” said Brackett.
“All of the Orangeville new car dealers are proud to support Headwaters Health Care Foundation. This is also one way to give back to everyone in the community who have been so supportive of our businesses.”
Joe Pilla of Orangeville Nissan said “you’ve got to thank Danny for being a leader in getting this together.” He added that Headwaters has received strong support from all facets of the Orangeville business community over the years.
“To have a hospital of this caliber speaks well for how supportive all businesses are in the community.”
So far, Headwaters’ Commitment to Care Campaign has received $11 million of its $14 million fundraising goal, which was set when the campaign got underway two years ago.
The fundraising efforts received a major boost over the past two weeks with the dealers’ donation. As well, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada each contributed $100,000 each.
“We have received fantastic support from major corporate donors,” said campaign chair Bob Burnside. “The business community has been sharing a generosity of spirit.”
The donations led Burnside to note that “there’s a cynicism characteristic of our society (towards business) that is not based on fact.”
He suggested the largesse is proof that businesses are committed to the communities that support them.
Saying, “we are about where we want to be” in terms of fundraising, Burnside said the foundation is grateful for all the contributions that have come in, regardless of the amount.
In fact, he suggested smaller donations can sometimes be more significant. “It’s not what you give,” he said. “It’s what you have left, after you’ve given.” Brackett concurred. He also sits on the board of the Headwaters Foundation and has come to the conclusion that the hospital “can always count on community support and people will give what they can.” As Gary Finkler of Orangeville Chrysler summarized: “Times have been tough for everybody over the past five years, but it is always a privilege to donate.”
The five-year, $14 million Commitment to Care Campaign supports three distinct areas of growth at Headwaters.
They include a $3.5 million expansion to outpatient facilities in the Ambulatory Care Unit, allowing for additional procedure rooms, expanded outpatient clinics such as chemotherapy, orthopedics and dialysis, and a fourth operating room to increase surgical capacity.
There is $3 million being raised for the purchase of specialized pieces of state-ofthe art medical equipment costing $100,000 or more, and $7.5 million is being raised for new and upgraded equipment throughout the hospital, over the next five years.
For Ryan Hughes of Motion Mazda, the satisfaction derived from the donation supercedes its amount.
“It’s fantastic that we can all come together for the betterment of both our hospital and our community.”
Written by Dan Pelton