Growing Up Gilroy
When the idea of this fund first sprouted in the mind of Executive Director Donna Pray, her intent was to pull at the heart strings of the youth that were the same age as her four children, encouraging them to “give back” to the community where they grew and were nurtured.
The name of the fund came to light at a gathering of Ambassadors in late 2014, emails were sent to Gen Xers and Millennials who we hoped would become Charter Donors and have their names listed as such on this page. Eventually, parents began giving money to grow the fund in the names of their children as well. Then, at the 2016 Day In The Country, additional funds were donated to bring us to our $10,000 goal to open the fund.
To raise the needed funds, we reminded our contacts that they wanted to find out more about this fund because they grew up in Gilroy!
They may have moved away…or maybe even stayed local….but they continued to hold fond memories of those days “Growing Up Gilroy.” And now they realize that it’s time to give back—to make those memories happen for the next generation of those who are “Growing Up Gilroy,” but who don’t quite have the means to take part in some of those local activities that could make a real difference in their lives—just like it did in their life.
What follows is the list of Charter Donors. Because of their generosity, money will be available during the 2017 Grant Cycle to fund a competitive grant application from a local youth organization that is requesting money for fee assistance for attendees.
As a donor when you “pay it forward,” you give another child a chance to make the same memories you did when you were “Growing Up Gilroy.”
Just click on this link Growing Up Gilroy: the Elizabeth Farotte Heenan story to see this short video.
Click here to donate to the Growing Up Gilroy Fund.