Local Digest 10/10

Veterans Day ceremony

Gilroy – Local veterans and their supporters will commemorate Veterans Day on Friday, during an 11am ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building at the corner of Eigleberry and Sixth streets.

The ceremony will include a performance by the Gilroy High School band, an invocation by St. Mary’s Rev. Dan Derry, and speeches by Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage.

$30,000 grant received

Gilroy – South County Housing Corporation received a $30,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation to help fund its programs for low-income families in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

The Wells Fargo grant will support South County Housing’s Financial Fitness program. The program seeks to help families in its housing developments access and achieve economic opportunity and security through knowledge.

The classes are designed to improve lives by teaching families about financial matters, including banking, loans, savings and checking accounts, money management, budgeting, and maintaining good credit.

South County Housing Corporation is in its 26th year of building affordable homes and apartments and providing neighborhood services. Based in Gilroy, it serves Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.

Details: Jack Foley at 843-9273, 842-9181 or e-mail [email protected]

Give blood and save lives

Gilroy – On Nov. 7, the American Red Cross and the Gilroy Community joined together to hold a blood drive and reached 112 percent of the goal to collect 42 pints of blood. Fifty-seven potential donors turned out to achieve that goal.

Each pint of blood is used to save up to three lives, so the Gilroy blood drive will help 141 people in Northern California to survive physical traumas and fight potentially fatal diseases.

“The Gilroy community has enthusiastically supported the critical need for blood by providing more pints of blood than expected for a community its size,” said Sara O’Brien, Red Cross spokeswoman.

The next mobile blood drive in Gilroy will be on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the First Baptist Church, 8455 Wren Ave. from 1:30 to 6:30pm.

Details: 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or www.BeADonor.com.

Stuff the van with toys

Gilroy – The KB Toy Outlet in Gilroy is hosting a Toys for Tots “Stuff the Van” challenge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4pm. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase toys.

KB Toy is providing a 10 percent discount on purchases as part of this effort. Each day, a commercial size van provided by Gilroy resident Juan Marquez of Landtech Capital will be awaiting the donations at the front of the store.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys only please.

Details: Juan Murillo at 848-5423 or Juan Marquez at 460-6987.

Celebrity fashion show

Gilroy – Leadership Gilroy’s “Just Believe” Celebrity Fashion Extravaganza is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6pm at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, live auction and 105 models in 30 different segments which are all choreographed to music. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds benefit Leadership Gilroy’s 2005-2006 program.

Details: 842-6437.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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