Gainesville Man Honors Mother with Highest Donation at the L & S Auto Show benefitting Haven Hospice

Gainesville, Florida  (July 3, 2014) – Scott Swindle won Best of Show for his 1966 restored and customized Chevy Chevelle with his donation of $1,311 during the L & S Auto Show in April benefitting Haven Hospice.

“When I sat down to think about how much I should donate, I wrote down the day my mom passed away, January 3, 2011,” said Swindle whose mother was cared for at the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center. “I knew that was the amount that was going to win and it was just enough!”

Top winnings for the auto show were based on the amount of donations made by the car owners. In addition to winning Best of Show by only a $250 difference, Swindle was awarded the Diamond in the Rough (most over-looked car). All proceeds from the car show will support the unreimbursed programs and services provided by Haven Hospice to patients and families in Gainesville and the surrounding areas.

“When I saw the flier for the car show that was going to benefit Haven I thought this would be a great way to give back,” said Swindle.

Swindle said his brother Kurt was his biggest support but having an organization like Haven is what made the biggest impact on the experience.

“We weren’t in a position to just stop working and be with her every day,” said Swindle who has worked at UF Health as an electric foreman for 27 years. “It was such a relief knowing that she was comfortable and being cared for in such a compassionate environment.”

“I don’t think anyone can put into words the connection you have with your mother and how unconditional that love is,” said Swindle who makes a point to come back to the care center every January 3 to honor his mother, Jean Swindle. “I don’t go a day without thinking about her.”

Swindle’s mother was a full-time house wife. “I admire anyone who can raise two boys and have dinner on the table every single night,” said Swindle. “She made so many sacrifices for her children. She and my father made sure we always had what we needed.”

Swindle shared that his favorite holiday is Christmas because his mother used to make the ornaments that would hang on their tree. He still uses the ornaments that she made when he decorates for the holiday.

“I hope all of those in need of Haven’s services will take advantage of these opportunities because it will make a huge difference in their experience,” said Swindle.