At GATE, giving back to the community has always been a part of our culture. In 2008, we formed the GATE Foundation to formalize our community philanthropy process with a mission of supporting the efforts and services that nurture and protect the well-being of “Family and Community.” We are proud to celebrate the foundation’s 10 year anniversary and our decades of giving to and serving the communities we serve.
March 2021, GATE customers raised $80,000 for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. Supporting the Jay Fund was special to GATE store manager Brittany Lee. Her daughter, Rylie, battled cancer and their family received support from the Jay Fund during her treatment.
GATE donated $80,000 to the American Cancer Society (ACS) to support breast cancer research and awareness. Funds were raised in GATE stores as part of the company’s pink ribbon paper icon campaign that ran from October 1 – 21, 2020.
The GATE Foundation used the company’s 60th anniversary as an opportunity to raise matching funds from its vendors and business partners. The Foundation typically hosts its annual charity golf tournament in the fall, where supporters raise money for a selected charity. However, COVID-19 restrictions put a halt to the 2020 event.
The GATE Foundation and GATE customers raised $45,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Funds were raised January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 as part of GATE’s coin box campaign. Coin collection boxes with a description of the Alzheimer’s Association were placed at the registers of all GATE stores to collect donations from customers
In 1985, GATE become a major sponsor of the Jacksonville River Run, the US National Championship 15K and in 1993, became the Title Sponsor which renamed the event the GATE River Run. Each year, the race attracts more than 20,000 elite and recreational runners from around the world to conquer the “green monster”; the nickname for the Hart Bridge that tests your true strength at mile 8 of the race. In partnership with 1st Place Sports, GATE holds a logo design contest for each year’s logo. The winner receives $2,000 with second and third place receiving $250. The winning design is used as the logo, t-shirt design and medal. We are proud to sponsor this exciting event for not only our community but for runners everywhere.