Local business owner makes big donation to local hospitals

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The owner of a Listowel business recently made a sizeable donation to two local hospitals.

Scott Davidson, the owner of Stop 23 Auto Sales, invited representatives from the Listowel Memorial and Palmerston District Hospital Foundations to the car dealership to receive what they thought was a $10,000 cheque. But on top of that cheque, Davidson revealed Stop 23 is pledging $200,000 over the next five years to be split by the foundations.

Davidson said because COVID-19 has made it impossible to do fundraising, he wanted to contribute what he felt was necessary right now.

“My thoughts were well, why don’t we just put this on autopilot? Make the pledge October 1st every year, issue the money, and that way it’s a goal that our team can work for, and we know how to budget for it every year now.”

Davidson said because COVID-19 has cancelled all the usual fundraising galas, he thought why not guarantee some money right now for the two vital foundations.
“We used to attend all the galas they had in the past, they haven’t been able to have them and won’t be able to this fall obviously. So I thought it’s time to step it up and get this done, and this way it guarantees it.”
The funding is even more timely given that the Listowel hospital suffered significant damage after a water main burst recently on the ground floor. John MacDonald, chair of the Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Dale Franklin, the development officer of the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, were on hand on October 1 to accept the initial $10,000 cheque at Stop 23, only to be surprised with the announced $200,000 commitment.