Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pastor 'disappointed' by Nugent family's comments about donations

CLEARWATER — The pastor of a Clearwater church collecting donations for a 2-year-old girl maimed in a lawn mower accident said Tuesday he's "disappointed" in the way her family "attacked" the church for a delay in providing the funds.

Jerry Nugent, whose daughter, Ireland, lost both her feet in the accident in April, publicly criticized Trinity Presbyterian Church and pastor Dennis Reid on Monday for the slow transfer of money intended for his daughter's medical care and associated expenses.

The church has collected more than $120,000 in contributions since the highly publicized accident.

Ireland's maternal grandfather, Mike Del Corpo, told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday that Reid is "a control freak" who is determined to have the final word on distribution of the donations.

Reid, however, said the Nugents did not provide the church with the necessary trust documents until June 5. Trinity officials were awaiting clarification on possible legal issues regarding the funds, he said.

"I am saddened that the Nugent family has chosen to attack myself and the church that has done so much to support them," Reid told the Times via email Tuesday.

Reid, who is at a conference in Guatemala until next week, said that a few weeks ago, the Nugents hired attorney Rachel Lunsford and created two trusts for disbursement of the funds: one for Ireland's special needs and the second for her family.

Reid said the church wanted to read the trust documents and let a member of their church who is a lawyer review them.

But, Reid wrote, on Sunday night "strong accusations started appearing on the Ireland Facebook page that I manage." And on Sunday, Nugent family members and friends went to the media with "preposterous and slanderous claims" that he was trying to control the funds, he said.

At an emergency session meeting Monday night, Trinity officials voted to distribute the funds, with approximately $105,000 going to the trust exclusively for Ireland's needs, and about $15,000 to the family trust.

The Nugents received both checks Tuesday, according to Del Corpo.

"They dropped them off this morning. And as long as they've received the money, I'm satisfied," he said.

Lunsford, the trust attorney, did not return calls for comment.

Jerry Nugent did not offer a detailed response to Reid's emailed statement.

"I want to approach it from a Christian standpoint with love and forgiveness and understanding," he said, declining to elaborate further.

Matt McKinney can be reached at (7270 445-4156 or mmckinney@tampabay.com.

Pastor 'disappointed' by Nugent family's comments about donations 06/11/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $974 million budget for 2018

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn today proposed a $974.2 million budget for next year that would raise the city's property tax rate for the first time since 1989 and use the additional revenue to improve parks, expand fire service and prepare for looming financial challenges in the years ahead.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his proposed $974.2 million budget for 2018 to the City Council on Thursday. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times (2016)
  2. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.
  3. Florida house where O.J. Simpson lived listed for $1.3 million

    Crime

    MIAMI — What happened to the Florida home where O.J. Simpson lived with his children after his acquittal in the death of his ex-wife and her friend?

    O.J. Simpson explains his golf scoring to his daughter, Sydney, as he played golf on Key Biscayne in Miami in 1997. The house south of Miami where Simpson lived with Sydney and his son, Justin, until his 2008 conviction in an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, is on the market. [AP photo]
  4. Behind the lens: To capture an exhilarating moment, it's better to be lucky AND good

    Travel

    Editor's note: Boyzell Hosey, our Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia, shot this image while on a family vacation in Alaska. Below is his description of the shot.

  5. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]