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October 06, 2008

Gavilan College to present 2008 Community Spirit Awards for Gilroy

WHO: Jan and Steve Peat's McDonalds, Gayle Glines, Lilieth Armenta, and the Gilroy Neighborhood Health Clinic

Jan and Steve Peat are very active in the community, and their McDonalds is known for generosity and community spirit. Sporting teams, clubs, and civic groups know they can count on McDonalds for a donation of orange drink for their events. They have contributed to community events and met community needs in numerous ways, from donating food and beverages to serving on chamber committees and boards.

Gayle Glines has contributed to the community for over 30 years. As a supervisor in the City of Gilroy's Department of Community Services Recreation Division she has provided employment opportunities for many young people. For over 25 years she has volunteered to help with fundraising efforts for baeball and softball team s through organizing the golf tournaments, selling t-shirts and snacks. From the nomination form: "Gayle has been a positive influence of the youth of the community, impacting the lives of thousands of young adults."

Lilieth Armenta is a program manager for St. Joseph's Family Center.? She has lived in Gilroy for 24 years, volunteering for St. Mary's Church as a mentor and Catechism teacher. As program manager at St. Josephs, she supervises services in the center's housing program, writes reports, coordinates volunteers, provides case management, referrals, supervises the First Five program, does fundraising, and moany other activities. She has been instrumental this past year in getting the Gavilan College Service Learning program off the ground, making it possible for college students to contribute and learn in the community.

Gilroy Neighborhood Health Clinic has worked since 1999 to provide quality medical care to low-income children in South County. In 2007 they served 1211 children. Located on the grounds of South Valley Junior High,? they work in partnership with the Gilroy Unified School District to serve kids from low-income families, regardless of ability to pay. The patients who come to this clinic know that they will be treated with respect and concern. Staff is dedicated and spends hours of their own time doing outreach to ensure that all children have a chance to grow up healthy and reach their highest potential.

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 Gilroy were Dentistry for Children, WERC, Sue Thurman, and Peggy Ghysels.

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2008, at the Gilroy Chamber of?Commerce mixer, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m..

WHERE: Student Center, Gavilan College; 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., There will be no charge for parking for this event. (Use Lot E)
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy

HOW: 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.

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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