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CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN JUNE Honda of Morgan Hill celebrated the end of their month-long campaign “Christmas in June.” The event kicked off on June 1st with dealership employees and customers. The dealership had partnered with Bikes Because We Care to be able to donate 35 brand-new bikes and helmets to needy children within the community. Dealership mechanics performed safety inspections and helped to assemble every single bike before they were delivered to children. Bikes Because We Care is a local non-profit in the Morgan Hill and San Jose community that has been donating bikes since 2007 and usually delivers the bikes during the December Holiday Season. Honda of Morgan Hill has been supporting Bikes Because We Care for years, and when found- ers Mark and Cindy Reuter reached out to see if the two could partner in the middle of the year, Honda of Morgan Hill owner Ted Stevens didn’t even hesitate. Christmas in June was born to create a spirit of giving that went on throughout the entire month at the dealership. On Sunday, June 25th one very gracious Honda employee came dressed as Santa Claus complete with board shorts and a surf board to surprise the kids. The bikes were donated to children within St. Catherine’s Church community and Community Solutions. Both organizations do amazing work within the community to help families and children in need. Photos provided by Christmas in June. BIKES DONATED TO CHILDREN IN NEED WELCOMING HOME LOCAL BOY McGENTY RETURNS BEARING HOPS Tom McGinty grew up in Gilroy. After college, an MBA, a JD, and a ten-year stint with Anheuser-Bush, he returns to the South County area. This time as VP of Sales and Marketing for Seismic Brewing out of Santa Rosa. Seismic was founded by Chris Jack- son, of Kendal-Jackson fame. Seismic is committed “to develop a portfolio of high-quality, award-winning beers, brewed and brought to market in an environmentally sustainable manner.” They have already developed some new brewing techniques that use far less water that most breweries. On top of that they have produced some remarkable brews: Liquifaction (Klosch), Alluvium (Pilsner), Namazu (OPA) and Mozacca (IPA). Tom’s return to the area was at Morgan Hill’s The Running Shops and Hops on June 6. It was a mini-reunion with family and friends from his school days here. Tom and his family now live in the Santa Rosa area. 42 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017