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is also known as “Big Papa.” When the boys started school, “Big Papa” paid weekly visits to school to read in their classrooms. Gena and Fortune agree that the benefits of having family close by is definitely an asset. Both Gena and Fortune have a history of involvement in the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gena was the first Chair of Sponsor Hospitality. She was also on the Advisory Board. Fortune is now the assistant Chair of Sponsor Hospitality.  When asked the question “What are the benefits of living in your home town of Gilroy?” their response was quick. “We have Rocca’s Market, the Women’s U.S. Open, and the Super Bowl just up the road in Santa Clara. We have the ability to go from 100-degree weather in Gilroy and to be in the fog within a matter of minutes and maybe enjoy a little dinner at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing. We don’t have crime like other cities and while some people think there’s more traffic, we have the ability to move across town in a short time.” Gina and Fortune said another reason to love Gilroy is the people. Recently, they were involved in a project called “Read Across America” at Glen View School. The school invited people from the community to come in and read to the students in every classroom. People like Dr. Gar Chan, and former “Man of the Year” Don DeLorenzo, responded immediately. They were among 24 Gilroy citizens who showed up to read to the children. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 That is what the Gonzales family likes about Gilroy . Recently, Bode and Kaiden went off for a week of summer camp. Rarely do their parents have time for themselves, so while the boys were having a ball at Mt. Hermon Redwood Camp, Gena and Fortune decided to go wine tasting, not in Napa, not in Sonoma but right here in South Santa Clara County. That same day they attended an event at the Milias Restaurant to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, where they enjoyed good company, good food, and a little more wine. It was a great time and all for a good cause. Life in Gilroy in one’s 40s sounds pretty good, just take it from Gena and Fortune. 105