ranchised car and truck dealers throughout the state
contribute more than any other business to the quality
of life of 27 million Texans. Principally family owned
and community centered, 1300 plus dealers in 284 cities
and towns are committed to their families, their faith, their
customers and the institutions that drive their communities.
One of the most important community services is healthcare;
the institution… our hospitals. Texas is fortunate in having
one of the most outstanding hospital networks in the world.
One of the most iconic is Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas.
A member of one of Austin’s premier dealer families, Taylor
Harper is a volunteer leader for the Seton family of hospitals.
This year Taylor is President of the Elizabeth Ann Seton
Board of Directors, a tremendous honor but also a significant
opportunity to benefit babies who need the services of Seton
Hospital’s highly regardedNeo-Natal ICU. With Taylor and
T Harper, the opportunity was personal, as their twin boys,
born prematurely, spent 21 days in the NICU. Today the
rambunctious, healthy Harper twins, the fifth generation of
the Capitol Chevrolet family, are examples of the miraculous
work done by the Seton Neo-Natal Unit.
It is extremely expensive to operate such a special service
for babies in need. That is why fundraising and dedicated
volunteer leaders from the community are essential to the
success of any Texas hospital. Just like other dealers and their
families all over the state, Taylor Harper raised her hand and
said, ‘I accept the challenge to raise funds for Seton,’ in this
instance, the NICU.
One of Taylor’s tasks was to lead a team of volunteers in
staging Austin’s premier philanthropic event,
the 25th anniversary gala for Seton’s NICU.
Some of the first calls Taylor made were to other Austin
dealers, family friends for years, working together in Austin
for generations to make it one of the best places to live and
raise a family. The dealers, as they always do, came through
big-time, not just with contributions but they were in atten-
dance at the gala, buying auction items and providing their
own donated prizes to be auctioned.
Taylor Harper’s hard work and leadership culminated in an
extravaganza on the grounds of Camp Mabry, a military
base on the west side of Austin, which 1,000 plus revelers
will never forget.
Capitol Chevrolet was in evidence as well with a display of
magnificent trucks and a Nash-Harper table with family
matriarch Dorothy Nash and Taylor’s mother-in-law, dealer
Nancy Harper, a member of the TADA Executive Com-
An evening of wonderful food, great entertainment and danc-
ing to the Bellamy Brothers under the stars resulted in Taylor
and her volunteers raising over $800,000.00 net for the Seton
Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. An extraordinary
effort that will save lives and give babies a future that they
might not have otherwise had.
Dealers working together accomplish so much for so many
and Taylor Harper expresses it best, saying:
It was such an honor to serve as the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board
president this year! Having been a member of the EASB board
for the past 4 years, I have worked to support the Seton mission of
serving the poor and vulnerable. I was very excited to learn that
this year, my year as president, we would be fundraising for the
tiniest and most vulnerable by providing building and equipment
needs for theMarialice Shivers Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and
mother/baby services at Seton Medical Center Austin.
Having had my own NICU experience of delivering our twins
Tommy and Ferrell at 33 weeks, I could relate in so many ways to
the families whomwe would be helping with the funds we raised.
It gave T and I the opportunity to pay forward the love and care
we received at such a vulnerable time in our own lives. It was
so rewarding to be a part of a community that came together to
raise an all-time high net of over $804,000.00 The automotive
community certainly played a large role by joining together that
evening in sponsorships, auction item purchases and direct dona-
tions! Thank you to our friends at Capitol Chevrolet, TheMaund
Companies, The Covert Family, Mercedes Benz of Austin and
Jaguar Land Rover Austin!
of a Loving Mother