Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville donated $100 for every Mercedes vehicle sold on Friday, Dec. 16, said Carrie Dugan, Company Spokesperson for the locally owned dealership. The Mercedes dealership also sold “Smoky Mountain Strong” T-shirts for $15. The two fundraising activities netted $3,200, and Dugan presented a check for that amount to Mary Vance, Mountain Hope’s executive director, on Jan. 3.
“Some of our employees were familiar with the Clinic and knew it was a good cause,” Dugan said. That is why the Clinic was chosen to receive fire relief funds from Mercedes-Benz.
“We’re grateful to the good folks at Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville for thinking of us this holiday season, and commend them for all the good they do year-round,” said Ashley Burnette, the Clinic’s director of fund development.
The non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic has 22,000 patients on its active roll, none of whom have health insurance. Some Clinic patients lost everything in the wildfires the night of Nov. 28-29, including their medications for the next day. They did not have enough money to pay the small fee the clinic usually charges. Clinic staff continues to see them free of charge and to distribute donated medications when appropriate.