Merced College to honor Peter Gallo Memorial
Foundation with President’s Medallion
May 10, 2018
The Peter Gallo Memorial Foundation was
founded with the intention of giving back to and supporting
those that sacrifice so much for our country both domestically
Mike Gallo and Linda Jelacich were all
too familiar with those sacrifices, having lost their older
brother, Peter, while he served in the Army during the Vietnam
War. The foundation was named after the Gallo’s fallen
sibling and for the past 40 years it’s done its best
to honor his name through charitable acts in support of
military veterans and first responders.
Two of the foundation’s most recent
contributions include its annual support of the Sunrise
Rotary Club’s Field of Honor — a display of
1,000 U.S. flags on the Merced College front lawn during
Veterans Day every year — and its funding of the First
Lt. Peter J. Gallo Veterans Resource Center refurbishing
at Merced College.
In recognition of its philanthropic contributions
to the College and the local community, the Merced College
Foundation will honor the Peter Gallo Memorial Foundation
with the President’s Medallion at this year’s
sixth State of the College Address, which will be held on
Thursday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“My family and I believe in helping
to serve our family, friends, our community and country
above ourselves,” Mike Gallo said. “Our family
is very grateful for the sacrifices other people make when
they serve in our country’s military, and we try to
give back whenever possible and embrace causes supporting
veterans and first responders.
“My brother, sister and I were raised
in this community. Our family business is here. My wife
(Lori) was raised here. And, all our children were born
and raised here. Supporting this local community is very
important to all of us.”
Peter Gallo was a graduate of Merced High
and Merced College. He was attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
when he joined the Army in 1966. He was killed in action
during the Vietnam War at the age of 22, earning the Purple
Heart and Bronze Star awards for his service.
The Peter Gallo Memorial Foundation donated
$80,000 for a redesign of the College’s Veterans Resource
Center. The idea was to give veterans and their dependents
on campus a one-stop place for all of their needs. The redesigned
space includes counselors, a meeting room, homework areas
and quiet spaces should they need some time to themselves.
There’s also an outdoor patio area for meals or hanging
out with friends.
The new Peter J. Gallo Veterans Resource
Center reopened its doors in August 2017 and is fully servicing
150 veterans and their dependents across campus.
As Merced College graduates, Mike and Lori
Gallo have strong ties to the College. They both attribute
part of their success in business to lessons they learned
Tickets for State of the College are $65
per person or $500 for a table eight. The can be purchased
by calling (209) 381-6470.