Paynes were active in Dodge City Auto and sports organizations
The Payne family – Ron and Bonnie and their children, Jolene Bone and Quintin Payne – will be helping people see, walk and live better for five years. In 2015 the family committed $50,000 – $10,000 a year for five years – to Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.
The donation happened as a result of Ron and Bonnie’s association with Foundation CEO Steve Shannon. Ron knew Steve from his days in radio and they later worked on a committee to raise funds for building the statue of Denny Car that sits at the foot of University Bridge.
Bonnie worked with Denny Carr for several years on the board at Royal University Hospital Foundation. “Having done that, we understood the need to fund health care in the city. When Steve called, we were happy to do our part,” Ron says.
Their first part of the gift benefitted the Rehab Centre with the purchase of medical treadmills and the OR with the purchase of a hip positioner. The 2016 funds purchased a fluid warming system, also for the OR.
Ron co-owned Dodge City for 35 years after spending seven years working with previous owners, the Patrick family. The Paynes sold the business in 2014. The family was involved in the community heavily, promoting and supporting the Saskatoon Blades, golf tournaments, other sports causes and the Mayfair community.
Ron says, “we’ve been fortunate to live here and be part of a successful community – we got out of business and life more than we expected to. The city has been good to us.”