Donor Profile: The Kenneth J. Lustgarten Foundation
Peter and Stuart Lustgarten, owners of Concordville Nissan-Subaru, just can't do enough for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
“We always wanted to come up with a charity to support through the dealership,” says Peter. Twelve years ago, Peter’s newborn daughter required physical therapy to strengthen her neck muscles. The family took their six-month old daughter to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. “Our tour of the Hospital really wowed us. The people who worked there were so dedicated.” It was the impressive staff and the many children at the hospital battling illness and in dire physical condition that inspired the Lustgartens.
Peter and Stuart decided to have their holiday weekend sales, four times a year, benefit the hospital. For every vehicle sold, the hospital receives $100. In 2011, the brothers established a goal to raise $100,000 to support the hospital’s expansion into a new five-story patient care building, which was accomplished through promotional sales. Peter and Stuart have also donated Wii systems and a motorcycle to be raffled for the benefit of the Hospital. “We want to keep increasing our contributions,” they say. “We are so happy to be associated with Nemours.”
Both with young families, the brothers care deeply about children’s health. “When my daughter needed physical therapy,” remembers Peter, “I was incredibly impressed with the care she received. There were kids there with problems much worse than hers.”
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has benefited in many ways from its partnership with Concordville Nissan-Subaru. During promotion weekends, trained technicians from the hospital’s injury prevention program conduct car seat safety checks and provide parents with information. Peter and Stuart have also worked with Subaru Corporation to make two vehicles available for use by the Hospital.
The dealership’s tag line, “Concordville Cares,” seems to fit perfectly with the way they do business. “We only sell cars. Nemours is helping kids,” say Peter and Stuart. “I can’t imagine us ever doing enough.”