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November 07, 2006

2006 Community Spirit Awards honor those who serve Gilroy

WHO: David Peoples, Chevy's Restaurant, and the South Valley Pregnancy Care Center

David Peoples is the owner of the Nimble Thimble in downtown Gilroy. From his nomination form: "David is a life long resident of Gilroy operating his own business for 29 years in downtown Gilroy. His enthusiasm and dedication to the downtown is exemplified in his thousands of hours in bringing about and supporting downtown events such as the Pasta Extravaganza, fathers Day, Antique Show, the Christmas Tree lighting and the Summer Downtown Concert Series. David's efforts in bringing about these events has made a significant impact on the downtown by bringing people to be a part of the above activities. He has chaired the downtown development corporation as a volunteer and has put tireless hours working into the early hours of the morning in making these programs a success. In the last two years he has worked with Mayor Pinheiro in establishing the Gilroy Sister Cities Association. On many occasions he has hosted guests from our sister city in Takko Machi, Japan. His role in the major fundraiser for the Sister City Association for the last two years has been significant."

Chevy's Restaurant is a local franchise that makes it easy for small groups to organize events and raise money for their activities. Countless school groups, clubs, teams, and nonprofits have held fundraising events at Chevy's. In addition to making it easy for small group to organize fundraising events, Chevy's affordability makes it easy for the community to support their favorite causes.

South Valley Pregnancy Care Center provides services and a thrift shop targeted to expectant mothers, with many important services offered free of charge, including: pregnancy testing kits, referrals to physicians, ultrasound testing, counseling for the client, parents, boyfriends and husbands, as well as maternity and baby clothing and supplies, adoption information and referrals and childbirth/prenatal classes. Much of the support for SVPCC comes from local individuals and a multi-denominational partnership of churches, including South Valley Community, Morgan Hill Bible, Bethel Baptist, New Hope Community, Gilroy Bible, St. Mary and St. Catherine Roman Catholic, and Calvary Chapel. The agency relies upon volunteers to staff the thrift store, operate the office and perform other tasks.

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 Arlene Silva, Intero Real Estate, and the Eigleberry Neighborhood Association

WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2006, at the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce mixer, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

WHERE: Fortino Winery, Gilroy: 4525 Hecker Pass Highway (408) 842-3305

HOW: Admission is FREE

All members of the community are invited to submit nominations for individuals, businesses, and organizations deserving of recognition.
For nomination forms and more information, go to or call (408) 848-4724.


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