MHCF’s 13th annual event honors volunteers from 25 South Valley nonprofits

Published in the November 7 – 20, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

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

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