August 2022

What are those “dog days of summer” that are upon us? Apparently, the ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). So, here we have July 2022!

But here at the Foundation, we’re busy preparing for our annual Day in the Country – “Imagine all the people livin’ life in peace” And, this year, we will be in-person! We have been working on this October 1 event since January, summertime is when it really picks up. Board President Karen La Corte, along with our Event Coordinator Deb Sanchez, have had multiple meetings with the entire committee working on procuring great auction items and designing a fabulous evening at Kirigin Cellars. And, we’re honored to have Bill Christopher as our guest auctioneer. “A Day in the Country” invitations will be in the mail late August. We already have our Day in the Country webpage and tickets will be available to purchase online at the end of August.

We’re also busy sending scholarship awards to colleges at this time of year and wish our best to our Gilroy graduates who will be starting a new chapter in their lives!

We are truly blessed in this community to have so many donors who make this happen!

This year, we have implemented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy.  At Gilroy Foundation, we are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our activities and programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences, heritages and ensure all voices are valued and heard.

At Gilroy Foundation, a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is one where all employees, Board members, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected.

~Donna Pray

“Give Where You Live”


We are proud that five local businesses continue to support Gilroy’s community foundation as Sustaining Sponsors.  Thank you to Christopher Ranch, Pinnacle Bank, Recology, RAC Services, LLC, and Blaettler Accountancy for your commitment to our community and the programs of Gilroy Foundation!

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