Singer and guitarist Don Potter first gained a large following in the greater Rochester area during the late 1960s as a member of the Show Stoppers. He later formed a duo with fellow ex-Show Stopper Bat McGrath. The two collaborated with Chuck Mangione on the Friends and Love concert, which also featured local legends Steve Gadd on drums, bassist Tony Levin, and Gap Mangione on keyboards.
After releasing two solo albums, one of which featured his powerful rendition of "Over The Rainbow," Potter relocated to Nashville to work as a session player. It was there that he played a significant role in launching one of the most successful acts in country music history, The Judds. Potter was credited for helping to create the Judds' sound, which gained the mother-daughter duo millions of fans worldwide. Additionally, he has recorded and performed Christian music for several decades. In recent years, Potter has returned to play and sing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing in the annual Holiday Pops concerts.
Throughout his career, he has collaborated with renowned artists such as Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre, Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler, and many others. In recognition of his accomplishments, Potter was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Healthcare Education Fund
With the ongoing healthcare worker shortage exacerbated by the pandemic, Thompson is eager to develop its associates who are ready to advance their careers. Thompson believes in investing first and foremost in our current associates, who have shown the desire to add to their skill sets and grow within our health system.
The Healthcare Education fund sponsors stipends for students while they are in school ‒ allowing them to work part-time while attending school full-time. The stipends provide financial assistance for lost wages, childcare and/or transportation and help eliminate barriers to skilled employment for low-income individuals, providing them with the skills necessary to lift them out of poverty.
Simply put, this initiative is an investment for our neighbors and loved ones who will benefit from a more skilled, stable workforce.