Chris and George Gilley, long time cottagers to Muskoka and now permanent residents of Huntsville, announced a $250,000 donation earmarked for the chemotherapy clinic today. Chris grew up in Minett and met her husband of 50 years, George, through a mutual friend that worked at a summer resort. The couple will be celebrating their golden anniversary next week.
The Gilleys have deep ties to Muskoka. Chris’ grandparent’s Stan & Dora English owned the Lone Star restaurant in Minett for numerous years. The couple spent many summers at the family cottage. George, a successful accountant and business owner, was first introduced to Huntsville on a work-related trip to Tally Ho, where his love affair with the area began. George was fortunate in business and grateful for its success. The couple wanted to give back to the community that they are now calling their permanent home.
Asked why the couple made the donation now, they spoke of their love for the community and paying forward their good fortune in life. It has always been their dream to make a significant gift to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation based on the great care that they received here over the years.
MAHC’s Director of Pharmacy Danette Beechinor commented that “The money provided will make it possible to continue to treat cancer patients locally in a safe, efficient and high-quality environment. The funds will help Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare achieve progressively higher standards for providing cancer care to meet the needs of our communities. We are delivering world-class health care, right here in Muskoka.”