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community DIGEST Gilroy Assistance League Monies Raised & Awarded EACH YEAR FOR THE PAST TWELVE YEARS, the Gilroy Assistance League has presented it’s signature event, the Impressions Home and Garden Tour, the week- end of Mother’s Day. And every April of the year fol- lowing, they award a major portion of the proceeds raised to local youth groups. This year, $21,000 was awarded to youth programs at the Annual Luncheon honoring the grant recipients at Mama Mia’s Restaurant in Gilroy. Despite the rainy weather, the Tour welcomed over 400 guests to the area to tour three amazing homes, all in the Eastern Hills of Gilroy and San Martin, concluding with a boutique and wine tasting at Miramar Cellars. This year’s chair was Tiffany Oetinger of Fernwood Cellars. GALs is a non-profit corporation of 35 active members who work to raise funds to provide grants to local health and recreation programs, visual and performing arts, and numerous other youth-oriented projects in our local community. GALs began in 1959 with 15 women as a chapter of Children’s Home Society involved in adoptive services. In 1984, it became the Gilroy Assistance League, or GALs, and decided to concentrate all our fundraising efforts in our community. Grant recipients included (not in order) Unspoken Works (Lisa Bruce), DreamPower Horseman- ship (Martha McNiel), Community Solutions (Page Day), St. Mary School (Denise Garobaldi), Sportsman Chef (Jim Habing), New Hope Community Church (Denise Brown), Gateway School (Michelle Kjellesvig), Rebekah Children’s Services (Michael Luevino), South Valley Middle School (Wendy Kaefer), CHS Special Ed (Heather Bass), and Brownell Middle School (Christine West). Gilroy Chamber of Commerce South County Legislative Summit THE 3RD ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT hosted by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce took place in late April at the Hilton Garden Inn. With nearly 100 people in attendance, elected officials came together to discuss issues facing South County residents. Elected officials who presented information were, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren; State Senator Bill Monning; State Assemblyman Luis Alejo; County Supervisor District 1 Mike Wasserman; Director John Varela with the Santa Clara Valley Water District; Gilroy Mayor Perry Woodward; and Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate. Topics included, Homeland Security, Immigration, Downtown Gilroy, Downtown Morgan Hill, High Speed Rail, Drought, Minimum Wage, Transportation, and other issues.  36 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2016