Milford dealership makes pledge in support of new health campus

dealershipMILFORD — As part of its Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III fundraising initiative, the Bayhealth Foundation has engaged local business owners in supporting the health campus project in southern Delaware.

When they approached Charlie Burton and the management team at i.g. Burton & Co., they exceeded the Foundation’s expectations and made a multi-year pledge. Mr. Burton is the fifth generation owner of the dealership, and the company has a living legacy of supporting the town of Milford’s development. In fact, the Burton dealership arranged for the donation of Milford Memorial’s very first ambulance.

Mr. Burton feels compelled to support Milford. He and his company have deep roots in the community and believe in its future. Mr. Burton is involved in multiple community organizations and serves on boards and committees that promote the region’s health.

“It’s extremely important for us to give back,” said Mr. Burton. “Milford Memorial is our major hospital. The health campus will be just down the road. If our families or employees get hurt or sick, that’s where they’ll go.”

Mr. Burton calls Bayhealth’s health campus project a “game changer” for Milford and the surrounding region. “Many retirees are moving into the area, and with a larger population, we need more services.”

The support of Mr. Burton and his team is meaningful to the larger success of the campaign, said Lindsay Rhodenbaugh, president of the Bayhealth Foundation.

“Their generous, leadership level commitment moves us considerably closer to the $15 million goal of the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III, and puts i.g. Burton & Co. in the top tier of support from the southern Delaware business community,” he said. “We believe other businesses will follow their lead.”

Bill Strickland, chair of the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III, said, “I’ve known Charlie, and his executive team – Pete Renzi, M.J. Lofland, and George Schieffer – my entire life. They have always set the pace for generosity connected to important causes and institutions in our area. We deeply appreciate this extraordinary show of support for Bayhealth and its vision for world- class healthcare in southern Delaware.”

For Mr. Burton, supporting the health campus project is a no brainer. “If you can help out, then help out.”

Visit imagineDE.com for more information about the new health campus in southern Delaware. Contact the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015 to learn how you can support this project.

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