Founding Families

Gary & Kay Curto

Gary and Kay Curto have enjoyed many years of giving to their community.


Born in Port Angeles, Wash., Gary earned his BS degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and completed post-graduate work at George Williams College in Chicago; Pepperdine University in Los Angeles; and UC Riverside Extension in Riverside, Calif. 


Gary spent the first 27 years of his career working with the California YMCA in the areas of administration, camping and financial development. From 1995 to 2006, he served as director of financial development/community relations at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, Calif. During that time, he raised over $8 million for the startup foundation and was also responsible for the volunteer auxiliary.


From August 2006 until his recent retirement in 2013, Gary served as executive director of The Foundation at CRMC, which he started from the ground up for Cookeville Regional Medical Center. During his five-year tenure there, he raised $3.5 million.


Kay, a retired RN, was born in Peoria, Ill., attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and graduated from Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill., in 1963, the same year that she and Gary were married. After 20 years of active bedside nursing and management, she began utilizing her nursing skills in the field of cost containment healthcare as managed care began in California.


Said Kay, "We have always enjoyed the opportunity to give and know that we have been blessed in return by doing this. We are thankful that we have been able to give to worthy causes throughout our life and know the return has been greater than our giving. Gary has raised lots of money for the cancer patients and has also experienced the blessings and fine service we have at CRMC's Cancer Center."


Kay and Gary have three children, Christy, Jonathon and Bryan, and two grandchildren, Kaysha and Gabrielle.


Gary passed away in July 2014 due to complications with cancer. His legacy of compassionate care for the people of the Upper Cumberland will live on through the continued work of the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation.