Donor disgust: Clovis car dealer announces halt to Valley Children’s support

Fallout from Valley Children’s executive compensation controversy continues to roll down to donors of all stripes.

The fallout from the elevated salaries given out to Valley Children’s CEO Todd Suntrapak and the hospital’s executives continues. 

Saturday, the owner of a major car dealership in Clovis said on social media that he will not raise money for Valley Children’s in the future. 


Driving the news: Brett Hedrick, the owner of Hedrick’s Chevrolet in Clovis, posted on Facebook on Saturday that he would be halting support for Valley Children’s.

  • As The Sun first reported last week, Suntrapak was given a $5.5 million compensation package in 2020 and a $5.1 million package in 2021, according to federal tax returns. 
  • The hospital also gave Suntrapak a $5 million forgivable loan in 2021 as part of a retention bonus, which he used to purchase a $6.5 million house in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 2022. 

What they’re saying: “After raising a ton of money for this organization I will not in the future,” Hedrick wrote on Facebook.

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