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Florida Kiwanian makes a community-changing gift

Lew Matusow — Florida District PR Coordinator | Nov 16, 2020

Mike McGee

Every Kiwanian donates time, energy and money to the kids in their community. But Mike McGee, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Florida, has taken community involvement a step further.

McGee and his wife Kathy recently donated US$600,000 to help improve a youth sports complex in Lakeland. The funds will be used to add a car-themed playground, a walking path and two additional multi-use, lighted athletic fields to the 33-acre complex.

The facility will be renamed John McGee Park in honor of Mike’s late father.

“We felt having a park named after my dad is appropriate, “McGee said. “We wanted to leave a legacy in his name because he has done a lot of things that contributed to many people’s success.”

In June 1974, John McGee purchased a tire store. By the time he retired in 1991, there were four McGee Auto Service and Tires locations around the community. Mike McGee took over and — along with his siblings and key associates — grew the business into one of Lakeland’s most successful operations with 30 locations, before selling the business in 2016.

“This is the type of person Mike McGee is,” said Jackye Maxey, president of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland. “He gives of himself to help kids in any way he can. We are proud to have him as a member of our club.”

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