It isn’t every day that someone calls the hospital and wants to donate $250,000 to the Legacies Foundation, however, that is exactly what happened one day earlier this year.
Ann Young, president of the hospital foundation, vividly remembers that call and subsequent calls that culminated in one of the largest outright cash gifts the hospital has received. The gift was given by Wayne and Beth Waggoner.
While back in Centerville for Homecoming in the fall of 2011, without anyone’s knowledge, Wayne Waggoner stopped by the hospital. He walked around the facility and took special note of the Legacies Donor Wall where contributions to the hospital are recognized, even taking the time to write down some of the recognition categories.
After that visit, he considered making a gift that would honor the memory of his parents Kathryn and Walter Waggoner. Wayne recalled that his mother always had a strong connection and affinity for the hospital and he felt it would be a fitting way to honor their memory in Centerville. She also was one of the first residents in the hospital’s Long Term Care wing when it was established in the mid 1980’s.
Waggoner’s parents were well known local residents who owned and operated Waggoner’s Produce and Hatchery from 1935 to 1963. In fact, Wayne’s business Waggoner’s trucking had its start as a single truck operation, with Wayne transporting his parent’s hatchery.
Through that humble start, a lot of hard work, tenacity and visionary thinking, Waggoner built a nationwide business headquartered in Billings, MT. By 1968 the fleet had grown to 35 trucks that included the transport of oversized equipment, with lumber and grain added to the transport list. Waggoner’s Auto Division began in 1987 and established Waggoner’s as the largest family owned, non-union car hauling company in the U.S. Today, Waggoner’s Trucking has 800 trucks on the road, 40 locations and nearly 1,000 employees.
Wayne’s wife Beth Moore Waggoner is also from Centerville and the couple now lives in Grapevine, TX. They have three grown children, Jay, David and Mary.
Although she hasn’t met the Waggoner’s yet, Young looks forward to the opportunity this weekend, when the Waggoner’s are back for Homecoming. They will tour the hospital on Saturday and attend an event in their honor Sunday afternoon. “We want to formally recognize their generosity but also want them to be able to see how their gift makes an impact on healthcare in their hometown,” Young stated.