MHCF’s 13th annual event honors volunteers from 25 South Valley nonprofits
The Morgan Hill Community Foundation will shine a spotlight on the groups and individuals who make South Valley a great place at its Nov. 9 Philanthropy Night Gala.
Held at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, this year’s theme is “Celebrating People & Philanthropy in Our Community.” By focusing attention on the people who make such an important difference to the nonprofit organizations they support, the spirit of philanthropy is continued into the future. Co-hosting with PG&E, the MHCF will showcase local philanthropists and volunteers equally for outstanding contributions, exemplifying generosity, selflessness and, sometimes, sacrifice.
This year’s event features Music as Language students performing songs to entertain guest.
“The MHCF brings together an impressive list of community leaders who deserve praise for their time, effort, and thoughtful energy,” said Amy Whelan, a member of the MHCF board. “This annual event, celebrating its 13th year, has a special place in the community’s heart, and deservedly so.”
The gala brings together some of the MHCF’s oldest partners, such as Sister Cities of Morgan Hill, with groups who are joining for the first time, including All Animals Rescue & Friends, CordeValle Youth Golf Foundation, the Italian Catholic Federation #435, and Lewy Body Dementia Awareness and Research, she said.
“The wide variety of nonprofits scheduled for this year’s philanthropy celebration is a testament to the diversity of causes that our community volunteers support,” she said.
Philanthropy Night honorees come from any nonprofit in Morgan Hill that wishes to honor a person, company or group that has made a significant contribution to the nonprofit in the current calendar year. A participating nonprofit may select its honoree based on many possible reasons, including a person/group has volunteered for many hours or provided financial support.
“The nonprofits determine the criteria appropriate for its group, thereby making it a fair consideration no matter how small or large the nonprofit is,” Whelan said. “It is a fun evening when the community can celebrate together, with the evening all culminating as greater than the sum of the parts that go into hosting the event.”
This year’s “Outstanding Philanthropists and Volunteers” and featured nonprofits are:
Air for Paws — Jan Dean
All Animal Rescue & Friends —Laura Gonzalez
American Association of University Women — Jenny Redfern
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley — Craig Waterman
City of Morgan Hill — Mayor Steve Tate
City of Morgan Hill Youth Action Council — Gisselle Rodriguez
Community Law Enforcement Foundation — Craig van Keulen
CordeValle Youth Golf Foundation — The Honorable Lorraine Barke
Edward Boss Prado Foundation — Geri Giorgetti
Healthier Kids Foundation — Rosy Bergin
Italian Catholic Federation #435 — The Honorable John Sorci
Learning and Loving Education Center — Sister Rachela Silvestri
Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill — Shirlee LoCicero
Lewy Body Dementia Awareness and Research — Robin Shepherd
Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce — Dan Keith
Morgan Hill Community Foundation — Friends of the Morgan Hill Senior Center
Morgan Hill Downtown Association — Cliff Dennett
Morgan Hill Historical Society — Leah DeLane
Morgan Hill Public Library — Nicholas Borina
Morgan Hill Sister Cities — Pier Antoniucci and Amy Whelan
Pine Ridge Association — Uniformed Volunteers at Henry Coe State Park
Poppy Jasper International Film Festival — L. Mattock Scariot
Rotary Club of Morgan Hill — Rachel Hill
San Martin Chamber of Commerce — Connie Ludewig
South Valley Symphony — Christine Hopwood