As general manager of Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar, Darrin Gilmore is one busy guy. This family business, started by Darrin’s dad, John, continues to grow and expand. But despite this, Darrin has never lost sight of the “service” mentality he learned from his dad – serve your customers and the community. Case in point: The Red Carpet Black Tie Ball to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
This sold-out event is now in its third year and takes place on Sunday, March 4, at the historic Citizen Hotel. When guests arrive, they are treated to the “Hollywood experience,” greeted and photographed on the red carpet just like celebrities. Guests will enjoy a selected menu of locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and “Best Picture”-inspired cocktails. Hollywood-themed memorabilia will be up for auction. Money raised supports patient care, programs, equipment and research at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Gilmore’s efforts yielded $10,000 last year which was directed to the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). Those funds were then matched during the ABC10 telethon, bringing Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar’s total donation to $20,000 in 2017.
How long have you been involved with Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis? What has your involvement looked like over time? We have been involved with Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis going on four years now, but my first contact with the hospital came back in 2004 when my sister-in-law was in a bad car accident. She was life-flighted to UC Davis Medical Center where her life was saved, although she was left paralyzed from the chest down.
Then, four years ago, we had an employee with a one-year-old son who had an aggressive brain tumor. He was taken to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This was a life-altering event for the family. The team at Gilmore donated PTO and vacation time so the mom could pay her bills and take care of her son for an extended period of time.
There are so many good causes. Why did you choose to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital? We chose to partner with UC Davis Children’s Hospital because we had multiple personal connections and I got to see firsthand the difference made in people’s lives. I wanted to be a part of that; even if just a little.
What is your favorite memory while supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital? My favorite memory was going to UC Davis Children’s Hospital with our mascot Gill, visiting all the children and seeing the smiles on their faces. It really put everything in perspective and still is one of my fondest days!
How has being involved with UC Davis Children’s Hospital changed your life? Your family’s life? Getting involved with such an amazing group of individuals is one of the proudest things we do as a company. There are few things that make you feel better than giving back to the community. Also, knowing the difference UC Davis made in my personal life with my sister-in-law made it a no-brainer partnership for us!
What motivates you as a volunteer? I truly believe that a big part of living is giving! I feel so grateful for all the blessings in my life, so I feel it is important to give something back.
What do you think about every time you volunteer for UC Davis Children’s Hospital? Every time I volunteer at UC Davis Children’s Hospital a tremendous feeling of gratitude always comes over me!
What do you think is the most important thing people don’t know about this hospital? I think most people just don’t know how many lives are affected in a positive way, thanks to this hospital. Every single day, lives start to change for the better! I also think it goes back to the hospital’s mission and the amazing team of people that are a part of UC Davis.
What would you say to people about why they should invest in the health of children’s hospitals? There are so many great organizations out there, but any time you can have an impact on a child or their family, I believe it brings out the best of humanity and our country!
I think it’s also important to note that this is a second-generation business and nothing would be possible without my father, John, the founder and president of Gilmore! This service culture is ingrained in the business. I’m grateful not only that he’s my father, but an amazing mentor! I mention this because although I am the spokesperson for the company, I want to acknowledge that this wouldn’t be possible without the amazing foundation and core principles my father instilled in me and this company.