Gilroy Today 2013 03 Spring - Page 22

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Gilroy Community Happenings… Gilroy Today congratulates the recipients of the 2013 Gilroy Chamber of Commerce’s “Spice of Life” Awards, which were presented at the Chamber’s 10th Annual Citizen and Business Awards Dinner and Board Installation Ceremony in February. The awards are presented to individuals and businesses within the community that help make Gilroy a wonderful place to live and work. LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR COSTCO Buying at Costco is an experience in big. The warehouse is big. The parking lot is big. The packaging is big. And so is the heart and community investment of the people of Gilroy’s Costco. Starting with the general manager, Gregory Gutierrez, there is a connection with the community. Of the five stores he has worked in, Gilroy seems to have the strongest community bond. Greg enjoys seeing and interacting with the stores “regulars.” A walk around the store with Greg is an adventure. He picks up papers, sweeps up a small spill and greets employees by name. Employees, in turn, are generous with big smiles and greetings back to Greg. The Gilroy Costco employs over 200 people with about half of them living locally and sixty percent working full time. Costco employees are involved with a GUSD reading program, a community backpack program for elementary school kids, United Way, and Children’s Miracle Network. Greg is proud to have raised the local contributions to Children’s Miracle Network to $36,000, a big increase! Gregory Gutierrez, General Manager 22 G I L R O Y T O D A Y S P R I N G 2 0 1 3