|October 08, 2004
Community Spirit Awards for Gilroy to be presented at Eagle Ridge
WHO: Gavilan Community College Trustees
WHAT: Present the 2004 Community Spirit Awards for Gilroy. These annual awards are presented to individuals, organizations and businesses in the communities Gavilan College serves. Nominations are open to the public, and recommendations are presented to the board by a representative committee of college staff. this year's Gilroy Awards will be presented during the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce mixer for the month of October. Joe Peralta will be recognized for his individual contributions, St. Josephs Family Center for their work as an organization, and South Valley Disposal and Recycling, Inc. for their contributions as a business.
WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 5:30- 7 p.m.
WHERE: Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club, Clubhouse
Individual: Joe Peralta
The retired owner of the former Busy Bee Restaurant, Joe Peralta shares his talent for cooking for the benefit of a wide range of community groups. He doesn't know the word "No" and has been helping for more than five decades in Gilroy. In his mid-eighties, Joe constantly gives his time, talent and personal finances to provide groups with that unifying ritual of eating good food together. A sampling of what Joe does: barbeques for the high school football team's events; donates gifts and cooks for the Lion's Club (dinners, fundraisers, pancake breakfasts); in partnership with Val Filice, heads the team that cooks for St. Joseph's fundraiser St. Patrick's Day dinner, and the Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless (250-300 dinners each event) and almost any other fundraiser event for St. Joseph's; goes out weekly and picks up food donations from businesses and individuals for the St. Joseph's Lord's Table program and the food program; personally donates needed food items at St. Joseph's and volunteers weekly at the food program, prepares the monthly Board lunch; at a cost that just covers the food expense, Joe does the breakfast and lunch for the City of Gilroy's summer camp for children.
Organization: St. Joseph's Family Center
St. Joseph's Family Center is a nonprofit organization, founded 20 years ago by eight local churches within the Gilroy Community. St. Joseph's provides emergency assistance to those persons whose needs are immediate; providing food, shelter, clothing and other necessities and upholding the unity of family life by encouraging recipients to become self-supporting and self sufficient. Each month, an average of more than 1,838 (unduplicated) adults and children receive generous food allotments of fresh meat, dairy products, produce and staples, eighty teens and adults recovering from addiction and fifty seniors are able to supplement their food every month. More than forty box lunches are distributed to hungry men, women and children daily. Last year, homeless and near-homeless families received more than 16,858 hot meals - an 11% increase over the previous year; farmworkers received 2,000 food allotments and low income seniors enjoyed 3,117 hot meals. Some of St. Joseph's programs: hospitality at the Wheeler Manor; lunches for day laborers, The Lord's Table, Ochoa Migrant Camp, Thanksgiving Sharing Program Christmas Sharing Program, Rental and Utilities Assistance Programs
Business: South Valley Disposal and Recycling
South Valley Disposal and Recycling. Inc. has been servicing the South County area since the early 1950's. They have been a part of the community through classroom presentations about recycling, sponsoring business expos, parades, fairs, and community clean-ups. The events and organizations they have supported include the Garlic Classic, Neighborhood clean-ups, the Gilroy Downtown association, Memorial Day Parade, Kids Discover Arts, summer Concerts in the Park, the Chamber of Commerce Citizens Award Dinner, leadership Gilroy, Downtown Christmas event, St. Joseph's Family Center, Gilroy Unified School District, Relay for Life, Kids Safety Weekend, Gilroy Little League, Curbside Food Drive, Gilroy Rotary, Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rebekah's Children's Services, Gilroy Gang Task Force, and the Theater Angels Art League. South Valley Disposal and Recycling, Inc. believes strongly in community service and is 100% employee-owned.
Nominees are now sought for the San Benito County awards, which will be presented in December. For more information, please call Jan Bernstein Chargin at (408) 848-4724.