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May 26, 2022

Gilroy Foundation hands out more than $740K in grants and scholarships

The Gilroy Foundation, a leading local charitable organization funded via endowments, parceled out more than $387,000 to more than 50 recipients that included community groups, schools and causes. The Wednesday, April 16 evening giving event at Union Bank, Gilroy served as the Foundation’s formal annual meeting, too, as President Deb Smith recognized outgoing board member John Perales and incoming Director Lori Kent.
Awards went to the Gilroy Compassion Center, Rotocare, St. Joseph’s Family Center, Rebekah Children’s Services Bakery and Culinary Programs, and Operation Freedom Paws and many other groups. The Julie Hayes “Rising Start” Performing Arts $20K Competitive Grant was shared by GHS Band, GUSD Choirs, Gilroy Arts Alliance, and CHS Instrumental Music. The Richard Hayes “Like a Rock” Industrial Arts Competitive Grant was awarded to Las Animas Elementary School’s technology program.
Executive Director Donna Pray announced that more than $355,500 in scholarships would be awarded to graduating Gilroy Unified high school and Gavilan College graduates at senior award ceremonies in May.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Gilroy Foundation funds and scholarships, contact Donna Pray at 842-3727 or [email protected]

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