About the Foundation
The Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc., was established in June of 2015 to support the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) as an ally in advocacy and fundraising.
The foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the projects and programs identified in the PRCA Master Plan, Vision 2020, by helping fill funding gaps and helping bring the plan to life.
A word from the President...
“I am honored to be a part of the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation! As the board president, one of my goals is to do more cross communication with arts organizations and the technology community to showcase some of what Gainesville can become.
As a young person growing up in Florida, I spent hours practicing the cello. The hard work gave me a deep appreciation for the arts that I still carry today. Now, I am spending many hours volunteering for the newly formed Gainesville Arts &Parks (GAP) Foundation so that future generations can develop the same appreciation for the arts, play and nature that I have.”
-Agapitus “Augi” Lye, President
Board of Directors
Agapitus “Augi” Lye, President
With the heart of a musician and a mind of an engineer, Augi is dedicated to fueling the downtown tech revolution. As a graduate of the University of Florida with dual degrees in computer engineering and electrical engineering, Augi founded numerous startups with over $28 million in Angel and Venture Capital funding. His research in acoustical physics and digital signals processing was the foundation for Apextek Labs, ToneRite and Trendy Entertainment. During his tenure as CEO of Trendy Entertainment, Augi oversaw the creation of Dungeon Defenders which climbed to the top 10 sales charts for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox , and Playstation 3. Augi is an active investor and philanthropist in the Gainesville community with over $1 million invested locally in organizations including HackerSpace, HackerHouse and StartupHour.
Steven Yucht, MD, FACEP, Vice President
Dr. Yucht has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 1992. He graduated from Wayne State University College of Medicine and completed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was quality director of the Emergency Department for McCleod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC before joining the medical staff of Shands AGH in 1998. At Shands AGH he established the first emergency ultrasound program in Gainesville for the Shands HealthCare system and served as the hospital’s last chief of staff.
Dr. Yucht served as medical director for the NASA Space Shuttle Medical Support Team going to launches and landings at Kennedy Space Center for 11 years. Dr. Yucht pioneered the concept of Emergent Care in the state of Florida, opening Emergency Physicians Medical Center in Gainesville January 2010. Dr. Yucht is originally from New York City, but is happy to make his home in Gainesville where the weather is warm and the people are friendly. He is married with 4 college age children including two sons that attend the University of Florida. His hobbies include exercising, traveling and maintaining his saltwater fish tank.
Don Davis has over 30 years in banking administration, including 11 years as the president of Capital City Bank in Alachua, Fla., and 3 years managing the Investment Department at the First National Bank of Alachua. He also is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville. He has served as president or chair of a number of local non-profit organizations, including the Newberry Lions Club, Matheson Museum, Friends of Dudley Farm, CareerSource of North Central Florida and the Gainesville Quarterback Club. He has also served on the boards of the Florida Track Club, Gator Exchange Club, Heart of Florida Chapter of the U.S. G.B.C., Friends of GAR and Foster Parents of Alachua.