Gilroy Today 2012 12 Winter - Page 8

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Gilroy Community Happenings… We are so fortunate to live in a community with so much heart. There never seems to be a shortage of places to go, people to see, and organizations to support. As you will see in the following pages, these past few months have provided an abundance of all of the above. Gilroy Today is happy to include as many of these wonderful events and activities within its pages, as space allows. And we encourage community organizations and businesses to let us know about their efforts to support our community. We thank them for continuing to make Gilroy a wonderful place to live and raise a family. DUCKY DERBY PADDLE BOAT RACES Presented by Leadership Gilroy The 2nd Annual Leadership Gilroy Paddle Boat Races were held at Gilroy Gardens on September 30th. Six different heats narrowed the field down with six teams competing in the championship heat. A total of 28 two person teams competed for the coveted “Duck” trophy but it was the team from Articulate Solutions who waddled away with the prize. Before each heat, Jon Thomas played the trumpet fanfare, “A Call to the Post,” a tune often heard at the start of a horse race. The festive event included a local band called “Just Friends” that played for the nearly 200 attendees. The paddle boat races raised both awareness and money for the Leadership Gilroy program. Left: Organizers Mark Turner, Konni Thomas, and LeeAnn Blean congratulate Joanie Lewis who won the main raffle prize of the day …valued at over $350. 3RD ANNUAL ARTS FORUM Presented by Arts Council of Silicon Valley On October 24, 2012 friends and representatives of the arts in Gilroy gathered at the Interim Center for the Arts. Joshua Russell from the Arts Council Silicon Valley presented “Art Means Business,” based on a 2010 study, Arts & Economic Prosperity. A summary of the study is available at artscouncil.org. Audrey Wong and Joshua Russell from the Arts Council joined in a local panel discussion followed with personal and local examples of “Art Means Business.” The forum concluded with Art & Business Partnership Awards to Dennis Daniels Company and the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Russ and Linda Fruchey received the Gilroy Community Art Award for their work on the City of Gilroy Utility Box Art Project. 8 G I L R O Y T O D A Y W I N T E R / H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 2