JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The GATE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jacksonville, Florida-based GATE Petroleum Company, and GATE customers raised $50,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Funds were collected July 1 through December 31, 2022, in coin boxes at the registers of all GATE locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Funding will be allocated to AFSP chapters in the state where collected.
“The work of organizations like the AFSP to address mental health issues and suicide in our communities is incredibly vital,” said Kathy Brady, executive director of the GATE Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide financial support to their lifesaving strategies.”
The mission of the AFSP is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. It provides a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
“We are so grateful for the GATE Foundation’s partnership with AFSP for its coin box campaign,” said AFSP North Florida and Panhandle Area Director Sarah Clark. “Because of The GATE Foundation and the generosity of GATE customers, we will be able to continue to bring suicide prevention education into our local communities.”
In November, GATE raised $40,000 in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Funds were raised through the company’s “Be a Buddy for a Buck” paper icon campaign.
In December, GATE announced it had raised $180,000 to benefit the St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) at its annual charity golf tournament.