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Gavilan College Kicks Off Its Centennial Year “Gavilan Through The Decades” will be held from 5:30–9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the college at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy. Tickets available at G avilan College will be celebrating the College’s 100 th birthday this year and highlighting the milestone with a Centennial bash on the Gilroy campus. Gala guests will take a nostalgic and informative stroll through the decades of Gavilan’s history from the 1920s to today. Guests will enjoy by-the-decade displays, as well as food stations with themed food from each decade, wine stations, live music, photo booths, students in period costume, formal portraits, live auction, silent auction, strolling card magician in a tuxedo, and a string quartet. “We are really looking forward to this celebration, and look forward to welcoming the community to campus for the party of the century!” said Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent / President of Gavilan College. The program will begin with a welcome from Superintendent/President Dr. Kathleen A. Rose, who will share the history of the college, acknowledge all sponsors and dignitaries, introduce honorees from each decade and will include music, silent and live auctions and formal portraits. Gavilan College was established in 1919 as the San Benito County Junior College, operating under that name until 1963, when a new community college district was drawn that included both San Benito County and southern Santa Clara County. The college moved to its present main campus in 1968. In 1997, satellite sites were added in Hollister and Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus. In 2008, land was purchased in Coyote Valley and San Benito County for the development of additional cam- puses. In 2017, Phase 1 of the Coyote Valley Center was completed, becoming Gavilan’s newest instructional site and the home for South Bay Public Safety Training Consortium police and fire academies. Gavilan College is one of 114 California community colleges, a part of the largest system of higher education in the world. Event Sponsorships, which offer a number of benefits depending on level of sponsorship, including gala tickets, signage, promotion and advertising, social media and website promotion, and more, are now available. To become a sponsor, contact Bobbi Jo Palmer at Gala Information at: GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 67