The Huntington Foundation will honor Robert Gilmor III at its annual gala on March 30
The Huntington Foundation will honor Robert Gilmor III at its annual gala on March 30

Rob Gilmor Embraces Spirit Award as Tribute to Students

March 10, 2023

Rob Gilmor is happiest when he’s surrounded by students and together they’re pursuing a project that makes the world a better place. Huntington High School’s dean of student support will be presented with the Huntington Foundation’s coveted Spirit Award at the organization’s gala on Thursday, March 30 at the Water’s Edge in Centerport. Tickets are on sale now.

A role model for many students, Mr. Gilmor (better known as “Gil” to the kids) helps students navigate the challenges of high school, both academic and social; consider college or vocational options and often just provide a comforting presence in their lives. His office is a safe space to share hardships and triumphs.

Helping Hands Rescue Mission President and Pastor Rev. Kimberly Gaines-Gambino will also be honored at the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s gala later this month To reserve tickets priced at $180, click here:

“Huntington families have entrusted me with their most blessed gifts in this world; their children,” Mr. Gilmor said. “I love helping them reach their full potential. Being a HFEE Spirit Award winner is a great honor. I’d like to accept it as a tribute to the many students I have the privilege to work with every day. I am here to help raise them up and sometimes help the kids get out of their own way so they can celebrate all they can become. That’s what I am most passionate about.”

Those interested in sending messages of congratulations to the two honorees can do so through the Huntington Foundation’s fundraising campaign called “30 for $30.” In a nod toward the organization’s 30th anniversary year, donors can write a personalized note of congratulations up to 30 words long (or up to 130 characters) to the honorees for $30 (or more). These messages will be shared with the honorees in a hardcover memento book along with photos from the event. Click here for more information.

The founding faculty advisor for Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, Mr. Gilmor had led delegations of students on annual trips near and far for two decades.

The longtime educator has made a positive difference in the lives of the teenagers he’s worked with. “Beginning in my freshman year, Gil was at my side supporting me every step I took,” Huntington alum Bella Thompson said. “He has helped me get through the hardest times in my life and has been there for the best times of my life. I know he will always have my back and help me achieve my dreams and goals.”

Mr. Gilmor is also the faculty advisor of the high school’s Natural Helpers club, which consists of a group of well-trained students who help classmates work through personal issues and challenges.

While at a crossroads early in his career in the business world, a friend introduced Mr. Gilmor to the Huntington Youth Bureau and the possibility of working in the field of social work. He loved interacting with kids and discovered a way forward to career fulfillment and happiness. “I never looked back,” he said. “Working with students is an incredible opportunity to build and grow our future leaders.”

Those interested in becoming a sponsor of the gala or who would like to donate a raffle prize or gift certificate, can contact Tara Poli, VP of Development, at

“Huntington is a magnificent melting pot that brings so many different cultures together,” Mr. Gilmor said. “I have always said that we have great wealth and great poverty; and great humanity, generosity and kindness. I hope that we as a community continue to grow and become an example for the greater world.”