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     Message from our Executive Director

A big thank you goes out to all our volunteers who worked at the 38th Gilroy Garlic Festival in our Wine Booth!  We all had a great time serving our Festival attendees some delicious wine offerings.  As usual, our signature Sangria was the hot seller, although the mimosas were a big draw this year as well!  A big congratulatory handshake goes to our booth chair, Gina Anderson and her co-chair, Yesenia Gonzalez.  Volunteers taking orders and making drinks were Alex Trelut, Kendall Costa, Melissa Campilli, Larry Sanford, Kurt Michielssen Sal & Annie Tomasello, Christine Wheeler, Barbara Biafore, Marie Blankley, Rhonda Callen, Jeff Myers, Mila Perales, Deb Smith, Steve & Lori Murnin, Kristi Murnin, Mark & Jenny Derry, Andrea Habing, Lynda Green, John Anderson, John & Lee Blaettler, Jon & Deanna Small, Julie Wheeler, Heather Watts, Frank & Betty Angelino, Leigh Johnson, Joel & Paula Goldsmith, Jolene Goldsmith, Alex Kaplan, Glenita Gordon, Jimmy & Leigh Johnson, Jake Moen, Miki Kinkel, Tony Thompson, and our great, energetic youth bar barks: William and Matthew Anderson, Katherine Kinkel, Morgan Anderson, Dominic Small, Alexis Higgins, Jackson & Josh Watts.                                             

Remember to save the date for our 27th annual “A Day in the Country”.  This year our theme is Great Gatsby – Saturday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m.  This year’s co-chairs, Karen Titus and Yvonne Quilici, have a fabulous group of volunteers working on it.  We are gathering wonderful items for the auction and the “getaway” this year will be to Jay Gatsby’s New York City!

Without our volunteers at these two events, we wouldn’t be able to run the important programs for our community. Whether it is dollars or hours, thank you for continuing the motto…

“Give Where You Live!”

~Donna Pray











       Our Guiding Principles

  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.