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Don Christopher awarded prestigious Glenn George Heart of Philanthropy Award THE ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS of Silicon Valley Chapter (AFP SVC) presented the prestigious Glenn George “Heart of Philanthropy” Award to Don Christopher on November 20, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The Glenn George award is only awarded when a nominee for another award has been singled out for his years of philanthropy, service to the community, leadership and mentoring. The Gilroy Foundation nominated Don to acknowledge his great gifts to the Gilroy community and years of giving to schools, the arts, and to Gilroy’s economically deprived residents. Don & Karen Christopher Gone But Not Forgotten Grand Recipient Thanks LAS ANIMAS ELEMENTARY THANKS the Gilroy Assistance League (GALs), as well as Gilroy Rotary & Gilroy Foundation for the grants received in 2015 that help keep “The Arts” at Las Animas. “The grants have made our actors shine a little brighter, helped their voices be a little louder, made tech crew more techie and kept art in the classrooms, notes school representatives. We are grateful for the support you give to the community and especially to programs that give opportunities to children and support the arts.” The grants touch over 700 children, Kinder-5th grade, each year. The Gilroy Assistance League is a non- profit corporation of 35 active women that provides grants to local health and recreation programs, visual and performing arts, and numerous other youth-oriented projects in the Gilroy community. HENRY “HANK” MILLER, affectionately known of as “The Hanker,” was a “car guy” who enjoyed his 1956 Corvette, woodwork- ing, good music, movies and sports. He was a longtime resident of Morgan Hill and is described by his family and friends as a modern-day American Renaissance Man. Many knew him for a column that he wrote in the Morgan Hill Times. Hank passed away on October 15, 2015. Friends and family shared a celebration of his life at their home in Morgan Hill in November. Nancy & Hank Miller St. Mary’s 29th Annual Blue & White Auction ST. MARY’S 29TH ANNUAL Blue & White Auction will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The theme of this year’s event is “It’s Your Move.” Cocktails, dinner and dancing as well as silent and live auctions will complete the evening. An online auction will also be available beginning March 6th. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds directly benefit the students. For more information about donating auction items or sponsorship opportuni- ties please contact Shelly Paiva at shel- lympaiva@gmail.com or 408-592-2492. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 You may also donate directly on the school website: stmarygilroy.org. Click the “Donate” button on the top right of their home page. gmhtoday.com 23