Eric Swanson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“That really connects our donors with the hospital,” he said. “It gives them a chance to learn more about what we do.”
ECU President John Hargrave said the donation will serve as an intercampus shuttle.
“With the geographic expansion of the ECU campus, I expect that many of our departments, faculty and staff will utilize this vehicle,” he said in a news release.
‘Put something back in’
Supporting their community is a tradition for the Gaddises, who founded their financial consulting firm in 1994. The firm is headquartered in Ada, and it maintains offices in Ardmore, Durant and McAlester.
Gaddis is a member of the Ada Salvation Army, the Ada Boys and Girls Club and Ada Youth Baseball. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board, which oversees development of a series of city-funded capital improvement projects.
A graduate of the Leadership Ada and Leadership Oklahoma programs, Gaddis has been an executive board member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the Ada Chapter of CPAs. He currently serves on the board of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, which manages retirement funds for teachers and other school employees.
Gaddis said he believes everyone should support their community, regardless of their job or income.
“I think we all get a lot out of society, and I think we should all put something back in,” he said.