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GILROY FOUNDATION ONE GIVING TREE KICK-OFF On Monday November 5th, the Intero Foundation awarded One Giving Tree with a $5,000 grant. Debbi Sanchez, Executive Director of OGT stated, “We are humbled. Thanks to our generous community and the Intero Foundation, together we’re making the holidays brighter.” One Giving Tree was launched in 2014 under the Gilroy Foundation. They provide Christmas “tree kits” – a tree, ornaments and stand, to families in need living in the South County. Their kickoff fundraiser took place in October at Old City Hall. Fundraising and donations of new and used ornaments continues thru November 30th. OneGivingTree.com MORGAN HILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A TASTE OF MORGAN HILL Fun was the theme of this year’s Taste of Morgan Hill. Festivalgoer’s enjoyed many new attractions at this year’s festival with expanded artists area, new kids zone layout with a mom and baby rest stop, nine participating South Valley wineries to choose from in the Wine Garden, free valet bike parking and much more. This year’s entertainment was top notch with three stages to choose from including the Festival Stage’s high energy dance bands, acoustic stage and kids entertainment on the Kids Stage. The Car Show hit a record with participants on Saturday and the new Hot Rods & Harley Show on Sunday. A wide variety of food was offered in the food court, from deep fried veggies, Mexican food and kabobs to tri-tip sandwiches, grilled shrimp and steamed artichokes. Over 160 vendors were on hand for the shopping enthusiasts, from handcrafted arts and crafts to retail vendors and business display booths. There was something for every- one at this year’s festival. This is the first year of the Drive Out Domestic Violence campaign to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence. Honda Morgan Hill donated the car and donated $1.00 for each signature placed on the vehicle for the duration of the campaign. An estimated 3,000+ signatures were on the car at the conclusion of the campaign. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN december 2018-january 2019 gmhtoday.com 41