When Garth Brooks donated $500,000 to a hospital in his home-town of Yukon, the only thing he wanted attached to the donation was for the hospital to name a wing after his mother, Colleen Brooks, who tragically lost her battle from cancer in 1999. The hospital notified him in 2008 that they would not honor that promise and no naming rights were part of his monetary donation. That’s when Garth decided to file a lawsuit against the hospital, who refused to return his money. The hospital called the donation “anonymous and unconditional.” The Tulsa hospital, meanwhile, has undergone $27 million in expansion but a Colleen Brooks wing was never part of that expansion. Garth is suing the hospital for breech of contract and for punitive damages.
As Tulsa World reports, the hospital first approached the Brooks family in late 2003 and early 2004 to try to start courting the country music superstar into a donation. During meetings with the hospital, Garth was presented with building mock-ups with his mother’s name in neon lights on the side of a building. Garth’s lawsuit also claims that hospital officials continued to make him believe that they would be naming the building after Colleen, even discussing a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the superstar.
He donated $500,000 to Integris on December 30, 2005. It wasn’t until September 2008 where Garth was made aware that they were no longer going to name a building after his mother. The trial begins this afternoon in an Oklahoma courtroom.