Gregory donates $250,000 to Infantry Museum

Columbus car dealer Carl Gregory made a $250,000 donation this afternoon to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

Gregory, who has nine Southeast dealerships and has been in the Columbus car business for more than two decades, presented the gift to retired Maj. Gen. Jerry White, who has been leading the fund-raising efforts for the National Infantry Foundation.

The $91 million center is under construction on South Lumpkin Road and is scheduled to open March 20, 2009.

The foundation has raised more than $81 million, including Gregory's gift. The fund-raising goal is $104 million.

"This is a wonderful project," Gregory said standing in front of a M3A1 Stuart tank, which was manufactured by Chrysler. Gregory sells Chrysler products.

"This is my way of showing appreciation to all soldiers -- Army, Navy Air Force," he said. "I just want to say thank you."