Energy and purpose propelling Saint Louise on its mission

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Hospitals, for good reason, aren’t at the top of the topic list.
Who wants to be sick. But on the other hand, it’s sure wonderful to
have a good one around when you need it. Community support, of
course, is crucial and Saint Louise Regional Hospital has really
revved up its collective motor in that regard over the last few
years.
Hospitals, for good reason, aren’t at the top of the topic list. Who wants to be sick. But on the other hand, it’s sure wonderful to have a good one around when you need it. Community support, of course, is crucial and Saint Louise Regional Hospital has really revved up its collective motor in that regard over the last few years. The capital campaigns, community outreach and clear mission have real energy and purpose. It’s a noticeable improvement and the turnaround was evident at the Saint Louise Hospital Foundation’s Your Neighbor for Life Golf Tourney Monday at Boulder Ridge. Michele Averill, Foundation CEO, and company planned a great event. Joanne E. Allen, President and CEO, spoke eloquently and warmly at the tourney’s conclusion, introducing her three sons, thanking the workhorses and outlining the Foundation’s good works. Glenda Garcia (married to developer course developer Rockie) manages the beautiful and interesting track as the co-owner – and she does it with great panache. She really provided energy – not to mention a few pro athletes like Sharks Devon Setoguchi and (former player) Mike Ricci as well as 49er long snapper and one of KNBR sports radio’s favorite interviewees Brian Jennings – to spice up the festivities. The next way to support the Foundation is to enjoy An Evening at the Chiala Estate featuring wine tasting, music, yummy food, and a live auction on Friday, July 16. Details : 779-4510 and they may still need volunteers.

Volunteer types who like to pour beer and shout with gusto should call the Gilroy Chamber office to secure a slot at the Garlic Festival beer booth. Shifts are open all three days, July 23, 24, and 25 – 842-6437 or [email protected] A T-shirt, Festival pass for the day, meal pass, and some fun guaranteed.

Fun for Paul Latzke, former Gavilan College coach and instructor, no doubt when he caddied for Jack Nicklaus in the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Back then, potential caddies were chosen on a lark. They threw their names in a hat for a blind draw and Paul ended up with Jack. Latzke’s golf knowledge: quadruple bogey. But he knew enough to listen to the boss and stay out of the Golden Bear’s way. Latzke soaked up the tournament story as part of the gallery this past weekend. Look for the complete story coming soon to a Dispatch sports page near you.

Mike Ayers is always a smiling good sport and I was happy to see the longtime San Martin advocate at the newly re-opened San Martin Cafe. Jenny and I drove by on a whim searching for a weekend breakfast stop after a walk with the dogs, and lo and behold the sign at the cozy joint said open. In we walked, greeted by the jovial Mike Ayers who amazingly said he was just about to celebrate his 68th birthday … not a day over 56 Mike, happy b-day and many more.

His recommendation of the chili verde breakfast lit up our taste buds and the place, under the steady hand of owner Fiorella Biondi (heh, she made it through the county bureaucracy alive), is not only sparkling clean and fresh but the menu is filled with delicious options. Plenty of tables in the back, too. There’s nothing like a great little wayside “hole-in-the-wall” breakfast place for a relaxing weekend morning.

July 9 is almost the weekend being a Friday, and that’s a good day to break out the sticks and honor Officer Doug Stevens who served our community in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and as a wonderful youth sports coach for many years. The Bay Area Law Enforcement Memorial Open will be held at Eagle Ridge and proceeds from the $135 entry fee for the morning scramble best-ball format event go to the Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by the Gilroy Foundation. Mark Garcia has the 411 at 408-591-9944. It’s a most worthy cause and tribute. If you can play that day, do so. Reports from Eagle are that the course is in great shape.

If you’d like your game – or your child’s game – to be in great shape, there’s always a lesson from Trudi Souza, 408-805-0184, out at the Gilroy Golf Course where the salsa by Gil Garcia flows in the grill. What’s better than a summer golf lesson for a youngster to start a sport they are able to play and enjoy for perhaps the rest of their life.

Enjoy life, too, at the benefit Chili Cook-off at Clos LaChance Winery Sunday at 4 p.m. Your $25 donation for Cal Fire Appreciation Day will be donated to Cal Fire’s preferred charity, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Besides chili tasting, there will be wine from numerous local wineries, including Jason Stephens and Satori, a raffle and music from the Fast Lane Band. Bill Murphy, Founder of Clos LaChance Winery, and Luca Rutigliano, Executive Chef of CordeValle will be the chili judges. the event is Clos LaChance’s way of saying thank you to firefighters who halted the Hummingbird Fire on the winery’s property back in 2008.

In 2008, Gilroy’s Carnegie Library Building, turned 98, so this year the wonderful structure on the Northeast corner of Fifth and Church Streets, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, turns the big 1-0-0. Celebration begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with Mayor Pro Tem Dion Bracco’s 100-second speech, followed by a short history lesson from Elizabeth Barratt. Restored portraits of Caroline Hoxett (who bought the lot) and Andrew Carnegie, whose $10,000 grant financed the city’s first public library will be unveiled. Tours will follow. You can even discover what a dumbwaiter is. Festivites last until 2 p.m. – just in time for a stroll downtown.

Reach Editor Mark Derry at [email protected]