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October 09, 2007

Gilroy community champions to be honored

WHO: The Gavilan College Board of Trustees announces the winners of the 2007 Community Spirit Awards for Gilroy:

INDIVIDUAL - Sue Thurman and Peggy Ghysels
Formerly the owners of "Country Clutter" in the Gilroy Outlets, sisters Sue and Peggy have been very generous contributors to the Gilroy community. During the 12 years they were in business, they provided large amounts of gifts and money for Gilroy schools, Rebekah Children' Services, Rotary, the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Awareness, Gilroy Leadership, Relay for Life, Salvation Army and Gilroy Exchange Club. They were creative and varied in their endeavors, raising money for community needs through gift-wrapping, the "Cruiza Palooza" car show, "Women's Nite Out all Day Long" and the "Classy Chasis" car raffle. Upon the closing of their business, they donated thousands of dollars in merchandise to the community. The nominator said "Although no longer in business, we would like sisters Sue and Peggy to be remembered for their generous support …they sincerely deserve the recognition."

ORGANIZATION - Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC)
WERC provides the communities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Coyote, and San martin with rehabilitation services for orphaned, injured and sick native wildlife (most recently the eagle "Orion" found at Eagle Ridge Golf Course." Their educational programs encourage a peaceful coexistence between civilization and native wildlife. Although physically located in Morgan Hill, they fully serve the Gilroy community. Their educational programs help children of all ages learn about native wildlife.

BUSINESS - Dentistry For Children (Dr. Michael McKeever, DDS)
Dr. McKeever, DDS has been practicing dentistry in Gilroy for the past 21 years. "Dr. Mike" serves as a volunteer and advocate for many organizations including his church, local school, the South Valley Pregnancy Care Center, the theater Angels, Gilroy Gators, and numerous little league teams. He has provided free dental care for low-income children through the "Dentists With a Heart" program. He office displays plaques of appreciation from the many sports teams he has sponsored. His nominator said "Mike believes strongly in supporting organizations within his community which is evident in his generous financial sponsorship, personal involvement, and commitment to organizations which advance the health and welfare of children, youth, and families."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 Dave Peoples, Chevy's, and The South Valley Pregnancy Care Center.

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.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce breakfast., 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 6070 Monterey Road

HOW: Cost - $10 W/Reservation, $15 W/O Reservation. Cash Prize Drawing, Must Be Present to Win! RSVP - (408) 842-6437

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 www.gavilan.edu/pio or call (408) 848-4724.

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Last modified: August 17, 2011
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