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Donation honors McDonald's memory

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rita McDonald Huffman, second from right, presents a check of $5,000 to Donna Clanton of the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic, given in memory of her husband, the late Scott Hayes McDonald. Also presenting the clinic with donations, including much-needed supplies, are Scott and Rita's grandchildren, Alexandra Hayes McDonald, left, and Jackson Scott McDonald.
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The late Scott Hayes McDonald is remembered by many as a giving man -- one who believed in supporting his community and making a better place.

McDonald, president of FirstBank's Shelbyville and Fayetteville operations and a former Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce executive, died in 2008 at age 63, but that generous legacy continues. On Tuesday, his widow, Rita McDonald Huffman, and two grandchildren, Alexandra Hayes McDonald and Jackson Scott McDonald, presented a check for $5,000 to the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic in his memory.

"The children also brought some items the clinic needs," said Huffman.

Loretta Davis prepares a dog for surgery at the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic. A stray, the dog, which appears to be an American bulldog, will find it easier to be adopted after he has been fixed, and donations make that possible.
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The grandchildren had filled a laundry basket with paper towels, bath towels and plastic grocery bags -- all items on the clinic's permanent wish list.

For more than a year now, MTSNC, a nonprofit organization, has been offering low-cost spay and neutering services for low-income owners or those adopting their pets from approved shelters. To help offset the costs, donations are accepted and many members of the community have stepped up and helped.

"We are so grateful for such a generous donation to help Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinics," said Kimberly Warren, executive director. "I had the pleasure of knowing Scott McDonald. He was a wonderful man with a very giving heart and a real dedication to Bedford County. This is a great memorial in his honor."

"As one of many MTSNC volunteers, we work very hard to organize two fundraisers per year, our 5K Run in the spring and our Poker Run in the fall," said Donna Clanton. a customer service representative from Peoples Bank who also serves as vice president for the clinic's board. "To have one donor step up and make a donation like this is so surprising and appreciated. We are actively searching for a larger location for the clinic and this will certainly help with the transition. We thank Mrs. Huffman so much."

Donations such as the Scott McDonald memorial -- one of the largest received at one time so far -- help pay to spay and neuter animals from the animal shelters, which in turn makes it easier for them to be adopted, said Warren.

Donations of goods and time are always appreciated, she added. "Volunteer are always welcome."

The clinic's next fundraiser will be the fourth annual "Gone to the Dawgs Poker Run and Kitty Cruise In" on Oct. 1. There will be music, food (chicken cooked by Jimmy Bean), games, silent auction, prizes, and activities for the family. For more information on the event, or on how to donate to the clinic, visit www.mtsnc.org or call 684-5353. Donations can also be made at Peoples Bank, North Main Street.