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FALL 2016

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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,

EASB Live!

Twenty Five!,

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-

mittee.

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