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.
In April, 2019 GATE stores sold paper icons to raise money for the American Red Cross. Customers were able to donate and sign their paper icon which was then displayed around the store’s interior. In May a check in the amount of $50,000 was presented to the Red Cross representing the proceeds from this endeavor.
From January 1 to June 30, 2018, customers can support the American Heart Association by dropping donations into coin box collections at any GATE convenience store. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association to support their mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
From April 1 – 21, 2018, show your support for the JDRF by purchasing paper sneakers for our in-store paper icon fundraiser. All proceeds collected are donated directly to JDRF to help advance their goals of improving the lives of every person with Type 1 diabetes and curing the disease.
In late 2017, The GATE Foundation proudly donated $100,000 to the Jacksonville Police Athletic League to enrich the lives of children by creating positive relationship between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community. The donation was possible as a result of the foundation’s annual charity golf tournament and a grant from The GATE Foundation.
The GATE Foundation donated $60,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, resulting from an in-store coin box collection in late 2017. The GATE Foundation proudly supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society dedication to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for cancer patients.
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.