Salvation Army receives major donation from local businessman

The Salvation Army of the Midlands may need a bigger bucket.

A local businessman renowned for starring in his humorous and sometimes over-the-top auto-dealership commercials has made a major donation to the charity as it kicks off its holiday season fund-raising push.

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JT Gandolfo and wife, Mary, presented a $100,000 check to the organization earlier this week at its Annual Christmas Campaign Kickoff Event on Monday. Gandolfo regularly volunteers with The Salvation Army and also serves on its advisory board.

“The support and donations from JTs Automotive Group will help The Salvation Army continue to help people in the Midlands that are facing financial hardship. We are grateful for JT’s family and the wonderful support they have shown over the years,” said Salvation Army Maj Roger Coulson, who noted the Gandolfos “are long-time, faithful supporters.”

Monday’s event kicked off with a performance by the Heathwood Hall Episcopal Upper School concert choir, according to a press release. That was followed by remarks from Maj. Coulson, Regional Coordinator/Corps Officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands, and Ron Roe, chairman of The Salvation Army of the Midlands advisory board.

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