About the Foundation

Our 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. 

Park's Recreation and Cultural Affairs Master Plan


Executive Summary

352Arts Roadmap
Cultural Plan

Executive Summary

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. 

Susan Bottcher

Former City of Gainesville Commissioner. While in office Susan served for two years on the Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Public Works Committee. For more than 20 years Susan has volunteered with numerous non-profits boards and organizations in Gainesville and is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville XXV. Susan holds a BA from the University of Florida (Class of 1979) and has graduate level course work at UF's Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Susan serves on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department Foundation Advisory Committee. 

Don Davis

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.

Angela Pate

Angela Pate is the President and CEO of Focused Management Solutions (FMS), the contracted Administrative Entity of FloridaWorks, as well as three other firms including a startup web platform company. Angela’s efforts have brought over $24 million dollars of training and supplemental salaries for work experience to the community since 2005.

Prior to joining FMS in 2001, Angela founded a technology company, MicronGreen, Inc., specializing in 3D structural analysis, CAD, simulation system development, and services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries as well as the military. As such, she performed structural analysis and simulations of dozens of large construction projects throughout Florida and Georgia. Angela has been published in technology trade journals, and she has provided national forums for technology training and designing with revolutionary new tools. She published the first PC-based architectural rendering in Computer Graphics World in 1989.

Angela has been a lifelong change agent in industry, government and community development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Architecture and Fine Arts and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida college of Business Administration.

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