As the owner of Gaddis and Gaddis Wealth Management, Roger Gaddis encourages his clients to consider donating their time, talent or money to help the community.
Gaddis and his wife, Leigh, followed their own advice earlier this month when they donated electric cars to local institutions. Both cars are Tomberlin Emerge LEs, all-electric, low-speed vehicles with a top speed of 25 mph.
One of the cars was donated to Mercy Health Foundation Ada as part of a recent fundraiser. The foundation hosted a drawing for the car Friday at the hospital.
The Gaddises had a couple of electric cars left over from their Ada Electric Cars company and knew the foundation was hosting a golf tournament as a fundraiser, Gaddis said Monday.
“We were just talking about we had a couple of extra, and I said, ‘We could offer one that they could do a raffle on, and they could build some money,’” he said.
Ada residents Ruth and Tre’ Landrum won the car, but they were not present at the drawing to claim it.
The drawing, which was open to Mercy employees and the public, raised $8,600 for the foundation. The money will go to the organization’s internal grant program for hospital projects.
The other electric car was donated to East Central University, which will use the vehicle for on-campus transportation.
The Gaddises are members of the ECU President’s Circle and Circle of Friends, a group of donors that supports the hospital.
Gaddis said the decision to donate electric cars to ECU and the foundation was an easy one.
“We recognized an opportunity to assist East Central University with its intercampus shuttle transportation, and the donation to Mercy Hospital Ada for its employee raffle will help raise financial resources for the hospital foundation,” he said.
Foundation director Todd Essary said hospital officials appreciated the donation.