Garth Brooks Headed To Court Over Large Donation Dispute
January 17, 2012 at 6:51 AM (PT)
Country star GARTH BROOKS is set to go to court over a dispute with a $500,000 donation he made for a hospital in his hometown of YUKON, OK, according to TULSA WORLD news. The civil trial is scheduled to start TODAY (1/17) in ROGERS COUNTY. BROOKS is alleging that he gave half-million dollars in exchange for the hospital's promise to name a building after his mother, COLLEEN BROOKS, who died of cancer in 1999.
BROOKS was told in 2008 that the hospital wasn't attaching naming rights to the gift and asked for his money back. According to the petition, he was turned down with the hospital calling the donation "anonymous and unconditional.”
Court records indicate that BROOKS was given mock-ups of hospital buildings bearing COLLEEN’s name in neon lights during meetings. The hospital has undergone expansions of at least $27 million in recent years, but a COLLEEN BROOKS facility hasn't been a part of them.