Northern Dutchess Hospital receives $29,000 Share the Love donation

Posted: 4/20/2020

For the sixth year in a row, Ruge’s Automotive selected Northern Dutchess Hospital as its hometown charity recipient, donating about $29,000 through Subaru’s annual Share the Love campaign.

The funds will be used by the Rhinebeck hospital to offset the cost of isolation room conversions, antiviral medications and vital personal protective equipment – all associated with COVID-19 patient care.

“The generosity of the Ruge family and Subaru could not have come at a more needed time, as we ceaselessly work and invest to ensure the healthcare needs of our local community are met during this pandemic,” hospital President Denise George said.

During December’s Share the Love campaign, anyone who purchases or leases a new Subaru can designate $250 to be given to a national charity or the dealer’s local charity of choice. In total, about $139,000 was donated by Ruge’s Automotive to Northern Dutchess Hospital through this campaign over the six years.

Dealership founder Lewis Ruge has been a member of the hospital’s board of directors for 45 years and the hospital’s foundation board for 36 years. His daughter and Ruge’s CEO, Kristin Hutchins, is also on the foundation board.

To learn more about Ruge’s Automotive, visit To learn more about the hospital, visit (TTY: 800-421-1220).

Participating in the Village of Rhinebeck Healthcare Worker Salute Parade at Northern Dutchess Hospital on April 8, 2020, Dawn Hopper drives her “masked” Subaru, which she purchased from Ruge’s  Automotive.

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