As part of its Heroes Appreciation Month campaign, the Sharks Foundation partnered with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, providing the non-profit with a $15,000 Community Assist Grant to make vital repairs to the Gilroy home of Dave and Bob Galtman.
With physical limitations, it was difficult for the 98-year-old WWII veteran Dave to get around his home safely and take care of pressing home repairs on his own.
The scope of work included the installation of a wheelchair lift and accessible bars and critical internal upgrades due to the home testing lead-positive.
Additionally, on January 24, more than 30 Sharks employees and community members from the Gilroy Veterans Memorial Hall came together to paint the entire exterior of the house.
After living in the dwelling for over 20 years, Dave unexpectedly passed away just one week prior to the renovation completion. The project moved forward in his honor and as a thank you to his son Bob, a Vietnam War veteran, who will continue to live there.
Bob was also presented with a Sharks Stealth jersey and invited to join the organization at SAP Center on January 29, as the Sharks took on the Vancouver Canucks where he was recognized during the game for his service to the military.