Pamela Gatto: Central Florida Humanitarian
By Maria Sonnenberg, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // October 12, 2014
providing greater access to quality healthcare
ABOVE VIDEO: Pamela Gatto’s current focus is providing greater access to quality healthcare to all the county residents. Vice-chairman of the Brevard Health Alliance, Gatto has also served as board member of Health First and as vice-chair of Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital, not to mention as chair of Viera Hospital.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Pamela Gatto had two little boys and a three-month-old baby girl when her father, Mike Gatto, asked her to help him with his tire store.
“It was supposed to be for two weeks,” said Gatto. “That was 42 years ago.”
Pam diligently dove into the family business and became president of Gatto’s Tires and Auto Service in 1994, and now oversees a thriving seven-store retail and commercial tire and automotive service business.
She has also earned a reputation for her many philanthropic endeavors. Gatto, you see, is no slouch when it comes to sharing her time, talent and treasure.
Her charity work began with the Junior League of South Brevard, where she served as past president.
“I enjoyed it so I branched out into other things,” said Gatto.
She didn’t just branch out, she sprouted vigorously, for Gatto currently is or has been on the board of a myriad of Brevard’s most important charities.
Her current focus is in providing greater access to quality healthcare to all the county residents. Vice-chairman of the Brevard Health Alliance, Gatto has also served as board member of Health First and as vice-chair of Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital, not to mention as chair of Viera Hospital.
As past board member of the Health First Foundation, Gatto helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the hospital system provide additional medical services and technology.
It’s a safe bet to say that Gatto supports most fundraisers in the county.
“We have a lot of very worthy causes,” said Gatto.
Her community support extends well beyond just healthcare, encompassing the area’s economic growth as past chair of the Brevard Workforce Development Board.
Culture vultures in the area can thank Gatto for her efforts as past chair of the Brevard Museum and Science, now the Foosaner Art Museum.
She has been president of the Space Coast Tiger Bay Club and board member of Florida Tech’s School of Psychology. She was on the board of Junior Achievement of East Central Florida, the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and in Florida Tech’s Athletic Advisory Council.
‘I CAN’T SAY NO’
In her work, Gatto has earned plenty of professional kudos. She was selected the first woman to preside over the Florida Independent Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, which also inducted her into its hall of fame.
She was also the first female president of the Tire Association of North America and an inductee to the International Tire Industry Hall of Fame.
In appreciation for all efforts for the betterment of Brevard, Florida Today named Gatto a finalist in the annual Citizen of the Year Award in 1998 and “crowned” her Volunteer of the Year in 2000.
She is the 2010 Brevard County Entrepreneur of the Year and was selected a Junior Achievement Laureate in 2013.
“I can’t say no,” said Gatto.
“It’s my worst fault or my best trait, but I enjoy helping to make things happen.”
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The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their Time, Talent or Treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, with the festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
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BELOW MAP: The 2014 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.