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September 21, 2007

Gavilan College to present 2007 Community Spirit Awards for Morgan Hill


INDIVIDUAL - Laura Brunton

"Laura seems to be everywhere help is needed, whether on behalf of an individual, an organization, or business…" A few of the organizations that Laura is connected with and has contributed countless hours of her time and expertise to include the Morgan Hill Downtown Association, Leadership Morgan Hill, the AAUW, and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. She was appointed as Citizen representative by the MH City Council to the Santa Clara County Housing & Community Development's Citizen Advisory Commission, and South County Joint Planning Advisory Commission; She served as Scholarship Committee Chair at the Poppy Jaspar Film Festival; was the MH Chamber of Commerce volunteer of the year in 2006; devoted countless hours to Friends of the Morgan Hill Library; Morgan Hill Centennial and more….

BUSINESS - Anritsu
Anritsu, a large international corporation, has been a great neighbor in a small town. Anritsu has continually given back to the community with sponsorships of major events, including IDI, Taste of Morgan Hill, Friday Night Music, Leadership Morgan Hill, The Centennial Celebration, and more. There are few organizations which haven't benefited from Anritsu's philanthropic giving. Although there are too many to list, a few af them are Sobrato High School boosters, Charter School of Morgan Hill, City of Morgan Hill, Community Solutions, Friends of the Library, Live Oak Adult Day Services, Live Oak Athletic Boosters, Live Oak Grad Night, Magic Ship of Christmas, Morgan Hill Community Foundation, Morgan Hill Historical Society, Mushroom Mardi Gras, P.A.Walsh Elementary School, and Relay for Life.

ORGANIZATION - Teacher Aid Coalition
Teacher's Aid Coalition (TAC) is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers in 1999. Their goal is to meet the educational needs of children in Morgan Hill Unified School District schools by helping teachers acquire supplies for their classrooms. Through working with local businesses and individuals, TAC gathers surplus and donated classroom materials. In addition, TAC sponsors fundraisers in order to finance one classroom supply giveaway event per semester. In addition to the tangible support, these events demonstrate to the teachers that the local community appreciates their work. They also provide an opportunity for teachers form different schools to network.

WHAT: Will be recognized with Community Spirit Awards, presented by the Board of Trustees of Gavilan College. The awards were created in 1999 through Board Resolution 739, in order to promote and recognize service to the communities Gavilan College serves. A representative committee of the campus community reviews nominations and selects the
award winners. Anyone may nominate an individual, organization, or business in the community for an award. In all, three sets of awards are given out annually, in Morgan Hill. in Gilroy, and in San Benito County.

Last years winners in Morgan Hill were Dr. John Hatekayama, Johnson Lumber, and The Morgan Hill Youth Advisory Committee.

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2007, at the Morgan Hill Chamber of
Commerce breakfast., 7:15 a.m. - 8:59 a.m.

WHERE: Mama Mia's restaurant, Morgan Hill: 275 East Dunne Avenue.

HOW: The cost is $8 for members, $13 for non-members. RSVP is required for this event. Call 408-779-9444, or RSVP online at

All members of the community are invited to submit nominations for individuals, businesses, and organizations deserving of recognition. A nominee who is not selected may be renominated for the next year. For nomination forms and more information, go to or call (408) 848-4724.


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