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Message from our Executive Director

School’s in and scholarship checks are flying out of this office – welcome to September!

We here at the Foundation are gearing up for our big event of the year “A Day in the Country” on Saturday, October 7.  We will “Run for the Roses” this year with our Kentucky Derby theme.  The crowd will be gathering at Gilroy Garden’s Event Pavilion this year for wine tasting, complimentary Mint Juleps, a fun silent auction, a southern-inspired dinner and a fabulous live auction, with guest auctioneer Jayson Stebbins.

This year, our getaway will be five nights in the thoroughbred capital of the world, Lexington, Kentucky.  Your stay will be at the lovely Gratz Park Inn in the historic district of downtown Lexington.  This hotel offers a combination of appreciating the past while enjoying modern comforts.  What could be more inviting than sinking into one of their cozy Italian leather chairs in the well-appointed library, sipping some exquisite locally-distilled bourbon or a glass of fine wine while reading a history of the area?  The Inn sits on land first settled in 1781 and you can take a walking tour of historic homes, such as that of Mary Todd Lincoln.  We’ve included a $1,000 gift card to enjoy the fabulous restaurants that are abundant in the area as well.  Depending on when you choose to travel, you may be able to visit the famous Keeneland Racetrack for the April or October meet, or just pop in to watch the daily morning workouts of the thoroughbreds in training.  Included in the Getaway is a private tour of Taylor Made Farms, where California Chrome is standing at stud.  Also, a VIP tour of Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the Derby, is included.  Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each.

We are limiting our event ticket sales to 250 guests this year, and with Sponsor packages already sold with reserved seats, we are currently down to under 200 tickets left! Please send in your reservation card, if you received an invitation in the mail, or click here to purchase your tickets.   Our “Day in the Country” page has more information.  This is going to be a fun, fun evening! 

~Donna Pray
“Give Where You Live”



We are proud that three local businesses have chosen to support Gilroy's community foundation as a Sustaining Sponsor for 2017 and beyond.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Gilroy Toyota and Pinnacle Bank for your commitment to our community and the programs of the Gilroy Foundation!






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  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.