Reminded again about just what makes Gilroy so great

Former 49ers all-time great cover cornerback Eric Wright,
befitting a four-time Super Bowl champ, swooped in at the last
minute and No. 21, the man who saved the 1981 NFC championship game
against the Dallas Cowboys … came up with a Buster Posey signed
baseball, a Tim Lincecum signed baseball, a photo case display
featuring signed photos of himself and Ronnie Lott.
Former 49ers all-time great cover cornerback Eric Wright, befitting a four-time Super Bowl champ, swooped in at the last minute and No. 21, the man who saved the 1981 NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys … came up with a Buster Posey signed baseball, a Tim Lincecum signed baseball, a photo case display featuring signed photos of himself and Ronnie Lott.

The man has timing.

Lincecum had just struck out 14, Posey belted a couple of hits in the Thursday win over the Braves and what 49ers fan isn’t yearning for the days of glory. The items helped propel the live auction at the inaugural Tee off for St. Joe’s at the Gilroy Golf Course last Friday to exalted levels.

The whole day reminded me – again – why Gilroy is great.

Barbara DeLorenzo made the connection with Eric, who kindly stuck around and played 18 holes in addition to bringing items for the live auction.

Gilroy’s own Rich Perez came up big, too. A front office man for the San Jose Sharks, Perez brought an authentic Sharks sweater (that’s Canadian for jersey) signed by the whole team and a hockey stick with the same signatures. We are talking prized sports items to go along with other generous donations like the weekend in Tahoe from Sam and Judy Bozzo, the Portuguese dinner at their home donated by MayorAl Pinheiro and his lovely wife Vilma (surprisingly Councilman Perry Woodward was outbid on that item by Jimmy Habing), the Daygo Brothers dinner for 10 from Don DeLorenzo and Dave Bozzo … that’s only a sample of the pervasive generosity.

In Gilroy, charitable events often mushroom into successful efforts because a lot of good people simply carry those events on their shoulders. It just might be our city’s best characteristic.

“It’s for a good cause,” isn’t just an empty phrase in our town, it’s a call to action even when times are tough.

Honestly, there’s no better community-based organization than St. Joseph’s Family Center. That’s why Don Gage came out for a few hours to twist a few arms while running the live auction, make a few jokes and help ease the funding worries of St. Joseph’s tireless Exec Director David Cox.

There are more people now than ever who need assistance from St. Joseph’s, whether it’s help with a hefty PG&E bill, a hot meal or a food basket for the family. The nearly $16,000 raised at Friday’s event will help keep steady the compassionate flow of goods and services to those in need.

Bidders and raffle ticket buyers like Alan and Marta Dinsmore, Danny Martin and Gary DeLorenzo generously kept that in mind … the list of people who made the event a success is long. Right at the top, though is Troy Garcia, expert BBQ and grill chef, who whipped up lunch and dinner for the crowd and enlisted a good number of his family members to aid the effort. If you haven’t been out to the grill at the Gilroy Golf Course for lunch or breakfast, you’re missing out.

Not going to miss John Daly if you head out to the Frys.com Open Golf Tourney at Cordevalle this weekend. I couldn’t help but let out a chuckle when I spied the picture going on the front of our sports page today … Daly’s hot pink, deep purple and neon green paisley-patterned pants will forever be known in my mind as his Mi Pueblo pants. PR Pueblocist Perla Rodriguez should rush out and try to sign Daly up as a sponsor …

Two people who will be happy sponsors for this next event are “walk-a-lots” Lynda Treult and my mother-in-law, Pat Midtgaard … Rick Jaszewski writes, “My mother has been here for 90 years and we’re celebrating by having a charity walk. We need sponsors and participants.” It’s a 5k Charity Walk and Celebration to honor the 90th birthday of Ann Jaszewski on Saturday, Dec. 4. Rain or Shine (Ann walks in the rain – we can too!! says the flyer) Check in at 8 a.m. at Christmas Hill Park. Walk is an hour. The $30 fee goes to Hospice of the Valley and includes a shirt and breakfast. Register at http://annjam.org/register.html. Now that’s a cool 90th birthday party.

Cool jazz party this weekend to financially aid the struggling venue, D’Vine Jazz & Wine in Morgan Hill. Past performers are rallying to the cause. Kaye Bohler, a veteran performer at the Monterey Blues Festival, along with John Worley and Eric Bolvin (trumpet); Nate Pruitt (blues and jazz vocalist), Kat Parra (Latin Jazz vocalist), Rory Snyder and Noel Catura (saxophone), are some of the names who will perform on Sunday (Oct. 17) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a professional jam session slated for 6 to 10 p.m. The patio will be open and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme’s “Louisiana Territory Cajun Cookin’ ” truck will be smoking. Details: 779.7755. Sounds like a great after party event for the Frys.com attendees.

Wine-glass-in-hand attendees for the Oct. 30 downtown Gilroy Wine Stroll might be dressed in Halloween attire for the 2 to 5 p.m. soiree – Al and Jane Howard as Tarzan and Jane would be good. Anyone in a scarecrow costume will fit right in at the Demonstration Garden stop (Eigleberry between 6th and 7th) where the plan is to have artists painting in the garden, musicians, brochette hors d’œuvres and harvest planting. That and a couple of glasses of wine cover the $20 price of admission. Sixteen wineries are signed up to pour at various locations. Grab a ticket at www.gilroyvisitor.org and enjoy.

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