Despite having to cancel its annual riverside show for the second year in a row, the Corvette Club of Windsor donated $ 5,500 to Windsor Regional Hospital and paraded through Met Campus on Tuesday.
“When the pandemic started, these passing vehicle events were a regular occurrence here,” said WRH Director of Philanthropy Gisele Seguin. “Even if the staff don’t have time to go out and see the Corvettes parade, those who see it tend to talk about it in their units and that in itself is a morale boost.”
The money for the donation came from members and sponsors of the event. The funds will be used to purchase Aloe chairs for the pediatric unit, which can be converted into beds to allow parents to stay close to their children.
Gary McGuinness, club treasurer, said members love driving their vehicles and sharing that joy with frontline workers.
“They reached out to us to donate,” McGuinness said. “Even though some of them are struggling with the economic downturn, they still wanted to donate.”
The annual Corvette Club Show was last held in 2019, with around 200 vehicles, roughly 80 from the US, but with COVID-19 restrictions in place at the border, organizers felt it was best to cancel. the show.
“It’s a shame we had to cancel it, but hopefully we can do it again next year and raise more money,” McGuinness said.
Since 2006, the Corvette Club has raised $ 70,000 for various organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Society, the John McGivney Children’s Center, the ALS Society, and the Children’s Wish Foundation. Of that amount, $ 59,900 was donated to pediatric oncology.