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Wildflower Run Turns Thirty-Three Morgan Hill AAUW’s annual Wildflower Run is a big favorite with community members who like to blend camaraderie and competition for a worthy cause. According to Elizabeth Mandel, who volunteers as Run Director, the 2015 event attracted 1160 participants and raised over $49,000 from runner registrations as well as donations from corporate sponsors and AAUW members. She estimates this year’s event will draw as many or more participants than last year. Mandel said that she joined AAUW while her daughters were in middle school because she saw AAUW’s mission as “very relevant” to creating the kind of environment she wanted her daughters to grow up in. She also noted that the orga- nization provides a wealth of leadership opportunities. The Morgan Hill Wildflower Run Research and Projects Grant Endowment was begun in 2014 and when completed will fund community action and career development grants. AAUW MORGAN HILL WILDFLOWER RUN Sunday, April 3, 2016 First race begins 8:30 am Kids 2K Fun Run 5K Run/Walk/Stroller 10K USATF Certified Run Seniors (60+) 2K Run/Walk Fundraiser for scholarships for women and girls. Medals and prizes. Visit Register at Learn More about AAUW Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate, or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Student affiliation is available to undergraduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university. AAUW – Gilroy PO Box 1962 Gilroy CA 95021 AAUW – Morgan Hill PO Box 1528 Morgan Hill CA 95038 PHOTOS FOR THIS ARTICLE WERE PROVIDED BY THE AAUW ASSOCIATIONS, SPECIAL THANKS TO NOELLA VIGEANT PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUE BRAZELTON. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MARCH/APRIL 2016 89