About the Gallegos Corporation
“It was an absolute pleasure working with Gallegos on the Ralph L Carr Colorado Judicial Center. The amount of details that had to be reviewed for constructability were unprecedented on the ‘100 year’ structure. Gallegos was onsite a full year ahead of their start date reviewing these details with Mortenson and Fentress and that commitment paid off once it came time to start their work on the project. Their CAN DO attitude is exactly what Mortenson looks for in project teams and as a result finished their scope of work as committed.
Dave Kuntz LEED@AP
Senior Project Manager
The Gallegos Corporation is passionate about giving back to the communities it works in: The company supports hundreds of local organizations that its employees are involved in. Annually, Gallegos gives more than $100,000 to local charities. From Colorado to wherever our trowels take us, Gallegos is committed to sponsoring a wide range of charities and organizations. Gallegos encourages its employees to find their philanthropic passion as well, making sure they have the time to donate to causes important to them.
This spirit of giving was championed by Gerald for 40 years. He was born in Southern Colorado and attended Eagle County public schools, graduating from Battle Mountain High School, and then continued his education at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Gerald was especially driven to helping youth get ahead and providing educational opportunities. He was involved in many organizations and was a devoted member of the boards of El Pomar, the Vail Valley Foundation, The Youth Foundation, the Minturn Community Fund and Roundup River Ranch.
Gerald was a founding member of The Youth Foundation, an educational organization dedicated to serving youth in need in Eagle and Lake Counties. This organization was founded in 1997 and has served thousands of economically disadvantaged children. Susie Davis, Executive Director of The Youth Foundation, summed up the way Gerald touched lives of everyone.
“He was more of a philanthropist, he genuinely cared about the best interests of people, and went out of his way to effect change. Everyone who knew Gerald has a story of his generosity. Gerald’s life was full of giving. He gave many people a chance – a chance at success, a chance for hope. Gerald gave with heart . . . especially when it came to children. There are so many stories to tell of Gerald helping children…
…When Gerald was visiting a program at a local elementary school he met a little boy who was unable to communicate – but the twinkle in that little boy’s eyes made it clear to Gerald he had something to say. Gerald purchased the assistive technology for both home and school that was needed, and the 8 year old who didn’t speak, communicated.
Gerald gave and he remembered –and he never forgot where he came from. His thoughtful questions as a lifer on The Youth Foundation board, were always about children –WHO are we serving – how do we make sure it’s enough and who else needs us? Gerald was one of the founding members of The Youth Foundation in 1997, served a term as Board Chairman, and remained an active and involved board member. He taught us to share, because so many of us in the nonprofit sector shared and benefitted from Gerald’s benevolence.
Gerald’s generosity changed lives and made our world a better place. He gave to this community as if everyone of us was extended family. The generosity that Gerald and his family shared financially built dreams, built organizations, built civic pride, built community and built hope. We will honor Gerald by creating value in every gift he made.”
– Susie Davis, Executive Director, The Youth Foundation
Since 1981, the Vail Valley Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the community through athletics, culture and education. The Foundation is responsible for providing Eagle County residents and guests with Vail International Dance Festival, American Ski Classic, Birds of Prey World Cup Ski Race, Vilar Performing Arts Center and multiple free concert series throughout the year. The non-profit has also hosted 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, won the bid for 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships and the 1994 and 2001 World Mountain Bike Championships. VVF also supports literacy programs and provides higher education scholarships. Through annual grants, the Foundation also supports other non-profits in the valley allowing it to have an even greater impact throughout the community.
“Over the years, Gerald Gallegos made a magnificent and meaningful difference in the Vail Valley community. The Vail Valley Foundation was most fortunate to be one of the many nonprofit organizations that Gerald was engaged with on both a personal and professional basis…
…The VVF was a natural fit for Gerald and he was a perfect fit for our board of directors. As an institution committed to enhancing and sustaining our community, the paths of athletics, education and culture were right up Gerald’s alley! Whether it was the corporate support Gerald and The Gallegos Corporation provided to our free public concerts and athletic events, or the individual contributions and hands-on activity that Gerald provided to our education programs, there was not a project or event that didn’t benefit from Gerald’s touch.
There are not many communities that are as rich in spirit, compassion and drive as the Vail Valley. Gerald led the way so others could understand what a tremendous difference each of us can make in the place we call home, and for the people we call neighbors, friends, citizens…community.”
Ceil Folz, Executive Director, Vail Valley Foundation
Gerald who grew up in Minturn, also worked with the Minturn Community Fund, which is dedicated to enriching and preserving Minturn’s authentic community. Through the organization’s work, Minturn will be a healthy, vibrant and authentic community that meets the challenge of change while preserving its rich history and small town character.
Gerald joined the Board of Directors for Roundup River Ranch, which is committed to fulfilling Paul Newman’s dream of opening camps for children with serious illnesses. The camp is located just north of Dotsero and is expected to open in the summer of 2011. Gallegos supplied the masonry for the camp’s main fireplace.
The El Pomar Foundation, founded in 1937, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West. El Pomar contributes over $25 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to help support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.
It is with the passion that Gerald contributed that will guide the way of giving back, in the future at Gallegos. The generosity that he possessed inspires each of us to continue to honor his legacy in our communities.
Gallegos is proud to support many organizations, including the following: