Sister Cities on way to nonprofit status

Gilroy
– An elaborate spread of international foods and an array of
auction items spelled success for the first ever Sister Cities
fundraiser dinner. The Feb. 19 event attracted about 150 guests and
netted more than $8,000 for the program, which supports citizen
exchanges between Gilroy and other cities
around the world.
Gilroy – An elaborate spread of international foods and an array of auction items spelled success for the first ever Sister Cities fundraiser dinner. The Feb. 19 event attracted about 150 guests and netted more than $8,000 for the program, which supports citizen exchanges between Gilroy and other cities around the world.

“We got nothing but accolades about the food and presentation,” Gilroy Mayor Al Pinheiro said. “We had a great auction, which raised over $5,000. People were very generous.”

The auction included gift certificates from various local stores, gift baskets, golf packages, hope chests, and other donated items. The remainder of profits came from the $25 door charge – which gave visitors access to a diverse menu of 21 entrees and seven deserts. Some of the dishes were cooked in-house and others were catered by various Gilroy restaurants.

And Pinheiro did more than just come up with the idea for the dinner – he helped out in the kitchen. The mayor helped cook marinated pork, a staple of the diet in his native Portugal, and helped prepare fish marinated in coconut milk, a specialty of the Islands of Palau.

The archipelago, located in the North Pacific Ocean southeast of the Philippines, is the newest addition to the list of Gilroy’s “sister” cities.

Profits from the dinner will help establish Gilroy Sister Cities as a formal nonprofit group with an endowment, with the goal of bringing greater organization to the association’s efforts. The group fosters sister city relations by financing and arranging student exchanges between cities.

The new nonprofit will also help promote all of Gilroy’s sister cities: Angra do Hero’smo, Portugal, Pinheiro’s native home; Monticelli d’Ongina, Italy; Saint Clar, France; Takko-Machi, Japan; Tecate, Mexico; and Koror, Palau – the location of the new Survivor season that began airing last month.

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