Foundation gives $116,000 to Purchase Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing System for Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Gately Foundation was created by Jim Gately from the distribution of his company’s assets. His intent is to give back to the Northern California community through support of medical science, education and enrichment of the lives of children.
Mr. Gately’s vision is reflected in the $116,000 award made by the Gately Foundation to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California for the purchase of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting equipment for the Pediatric Orthotics & Prosthetics Services (POPS). Installed in March 2015, the system is dramatically changing the way the hospital makes medical devices such as prostheses, braces and burn masks.
It is one example of a legacy of generosity carried out through the Gately Foundation.
Jim and Dawn Gately want gifts from the foundation to honor Jim’s friend and mentor the late Joe Benvenuti, a noted California builder who developed in excess of 30 million square feet of buildings during his career. Mr. Benvenuti was co-owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team and is credited with providing the initial backing necessary to bring the team to Sacramento. He also was a co-founder of Biba, a noted Italian restaurant in Sacramento. Joe Benvenuti was known for his generosity to California charities and the Gatelys wanted to carry on this tradition.
Jim Gately, a CPA, started working for Joe Benvenuti as his controller and in 32 years with the company learned to develop and build properties from the master. Mr. Benvenuti stepped aside from daily management in the 1990’s and Jim ran the company as a partner until Joe’s passing in 2012.
In August 2013, Dawn and Jim Gately invited Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California to submit a grant request to their private foundation to seek funds to purchase approved capital equipment. Dawn Gately, President of the Gately Foundation, visited the Northern California Shriners Hospital to learn more about the hospital, where Dawn and Jim’s son Shane had been a volunteer. The invitation for a grant proposal came following the Gately family’s attendance at a hospital research seminar and dinner.
Shortly after the request was submitted, the Gately Foundation generously awarded $116,000 to purchase the technologically advanced equipment for the orthotics and prosthetics program. Additionally, Lite Gait Occupational Therapy devices were purchased allowing children to be safely supported while walking on a treadmill or terrain.
Over its 90-year history, the medical mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children has moved many private donors and foundation leaders to extend major gifts that support leading edge care to children in need. The Shriners Hospital family is grateful to the Gately family for their support and honored by the enthusiasm and commitment Jim and Dawn Gately have shown for the hospital’s unique mission.