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November 10, 2005

Gavilan College students plan Silent Art Auction to fight cancer

WHO: A group of Gavilan College students enrolled in Denise Besson Silvia's Small Group Communication Class who call themselves "HEART GAV." The students are Katie, Hoffman, Rose Larkin, Clay Peer, Mark Faria, and Khanh Nguyen

WHAT: Have planned a charity silent art auction to raise money for The American Cancer Society and Doctors Without Borders. The art will be donated by local artists, Gavilan College art faculty, and Gavilan College students. A variety of media and and a broad range of prices will ensure that there is something for every taste and budget.

WHEN: November 29, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Student Center, Gavilan College campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy.

WHY: One of the students has lost a parent to cancer, and all agree that the two charities are doing important work. They decided to try to sell their own artwork to raise money, and then got commitments from some of their art instructors as well.

"I'm always amazed at what these students can achieve when they work cooperatively together. As educators it is our duty to set the bar high. Students rise to the occasion and are able to apply what they learn in class, outside of the classroom walls. They are truly making a positive difference in our communities." said instructor Denise Besson Silvia

Each semester, students in the Small Group Communications class are required to complete a comprehensive, two month service learning project entitled, "Making a Difference." After listening to lectures and participating in activities on teamwork, effective communication strategies, decision making and conflict managment, students are placed in groups of 5 or 6 and required to plan an eight week project where they fundraise and/or volunteer for a non-profit organization. The groups create a name, slogan and logo representing their efforts, conduct meetings, deliver progress report presentations and put forth a team effort in an attempt to achieve their goals. Last semester the groups raised over $12,000 and volunteered over 400 hours in the community.

This semester there are 10 groups working in the community. Projects range from fundraising for local animal shelters, collecting canned food and clothing for the less fortunate during the holiday season and volunteering time at MACSA and the Children's Center at Gavilan College.

To contact HEART GAV For more information or to donate art for the auction go to, or email


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