Randy Galloway (left)'s live broadcast Durant (right)'s
Durant signing his personal donation check for $42,650.
|TTHBPA Board Member and His Employees
Raise $85,300 for Hurricane Katrina Relief
Tom Durant, a
TTHBPA Board member and one of the leading racehorse owners in Texas,
pledged to match any donations raised by his employees at two car dealerships
he owns - Classic Chevrolet and Classic Hummer. Those employees came through
in a big way, and on Thursday, September 8, Durant, surrounded by many
of his employees, handed over a check for $85,300 to the Salvation Army.
It was more than anyone expected. Even Tom Durant, owner of Classic Chevrolet
and Classic Hummer was surprised. In the course of just a few days, the
employees of Classic Chevrolet and Classic Hummer answered a call from
“It is time for us to step up and try to help make a difference,”
Mr. Durant said in his email to his managers. He continued, “Start
passing the hat and collecting money in the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.
I will match whatever is raised.”
Mr. Durant had confidence in his employees, who proved that they were
more than up to the challenge.
“My employees met the challenge, and kept raising the bar,”
explained Mr. Durant. “And when we hit that mark, they raised it
Within less than 36 hours, Classic Chevrolet and Classic Hummer employees
had raised $42,650. True to his word, Tom Durant matched that amount with
a personal check.
Noted Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex sports media personality Randy Galloway
of KESN (ESPN RADIO 103.3 FM) was more than happy to air the donation
live from a remote broadcast of the Classic Chevrolet Football Firing
Line on Thursday, September 8. Present to collect the donation was Major
Bill Mockabee, the area commander for the Salvation Army.
“I didn’t know how much money Mr. Durant was going to give
us until they held up the check,” commented Major Mockabee. “I
was shocked to see how much he raised.”
Mr. Mockabee addressed the large crowd gathered at the Boston’s
Pizza where the event was held. He said, “As you know, we have 25,000
refugees right here in the area; this will be of great use. We cannot
thank you enough.”
In his usual manner, Tom Durant directed the praise to his employees.
“All I did was start the process,” he explained, continuing,
“My employees did the rest.”