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Gavilan Community College Spirit Awards at the Good Morning Morgan Hill Breakfast

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Name: Gavilan Community College Spirit Awards at the Good Morning Morgan Hill Breakfast
Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Gavilan College announces 2017 Community Spirit Awards
At their September meeting, the Gavilan College Board of Trustees announced the winners of the Community Spirit Awards for 2017. The awards are presented annually, in each of the communities served by Gavilan College, to honor the people and institutions that contribute to improving the quality of life in each community. Each of the three sets of awards includes an individual, a business, and an organization.
The awards will be presented at three breakfasts this fall:
  • Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, October 5, 2017, 7:30 a.m. at Mama Mia's Restaurant in Morgan Hill
  • Hollister Downtown Association Breakfast, October 25, 2017, 7:30 a.m. at Paine's Restaurant
  • Gilroy Chamber of Commerce breakfast, November 15, 2017, 6:45 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn
This year's awards will be presented to:
Morgan Hill / San Martin:
  • Individual - Charles Weston
  • Organization - Interfaith Clergy Alliance
  • Business - Mama Mia's
  • Individual - Gary Walton
  • Organization - Dreampower Horsemanship
  • Business - Young Signs
San Benito County:
  • Individual - Refugio Sanchez
  • Organization - San Benito County Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Business - Flapjacks
About the Community Spirit Award winners (information provided by nominators):
Charles Weston - Charles Weston started the Freedom Fest Fun Run in Morgan Hill and has kept it going for many years. In 2015 the race was listed in the PA/USTFA grand prix circuit which consists of some of the fastest runners in Northern California. Charles has organized this race for years and the funds raised for the race go directly to the Freedom Fest day of celebration which is an all day event. In 2015 it raised $35,000 that went towards the day of celebration. The Morgan Hill Freedom Fest is a non-profit organization. The first year only 100 runner signed up for the day and in 2015 a record 864 runners participated in the race which listed on the PA/USTFA grand prix circuit for the first time."
Interfaith Clergy Alliance - Inspired by the interfaith service led by sixteen local clergy, held on Martin Luther King Day 2016, a group of enthusiastic individuals launched the Interfaith Community of South County (ICSC). This interfaith group is committed to creating compassionate communities through social, service and educational programs. The group has sponsored a series of educational programs entitled "The Faith of Our Neighbors. This broadly composed group of clergy of many faiths, has come together to serve their community TOGETHER. They organized an Interfaith Community Walk for Peace and Prayer Vigil in August, and have piloted South County's first "Safe Parking" program for homeless families. Their own words on recent events speak most strongly:
'In South Valley, we live in harmony.  We respect each other's faiths and backgrounds, and we embrace diversity.  And we are stronger as a community for it. The terrorism that occurred last weekend in Charlottesville and the hate rallies that will occur in response this Saturday is appalling in our great nation.  We are deeply saddened by the lack of universal and focused outrage towards the display of Nazi symbols and chants against Jews, African-Americans, Hispanics and others. This is not the United States which we all love and treasure.
 During such times of national discussion and challenge, fellowship and prayer can provide comfort and strength in the knowledge that we are not alone - and that we are strongest as God's creation when we stand together.  We are the majority.
Let us do something good today, as every day, to help heal our corner of the world. "
Mama Mia's - Mama Mia's donates to everything and serves as a gathering place for the community, hosting numerous community meetings and events. This fall, they were also the venue for a new Gavilan College noncredit class in Hospitality and Tourism.
Write-up from Morgan Hill Times in 2015: "Business of the Year - 2015, Morgan Hill Chamber. "Mama Mia's owner Majid Bahriny might be difficult to reach on the phone, but one place to find him is in the kitchen of the restaurant on East Dunne Avenue, where he was cooking salmon for the lunch crowd earlier this week. When Bahriny is not cooking or otherwise making his four Mama Mia's restaurants-including one in Gilroy-run smoothly, he can be seen at local nonprofit events where he caters meals and provides food service staffing. "Food is a big part of any fundraiser," he said. But Bahriny, 51, is quick to note the recipient of the Chamber award, which he wasn't expecting, is his business and not himself. "My employees appreciate it and deserve it more," Bahriny said. "They help with all the community (events) I do, and they are on the front line." Bahriny added it's easy to be involved in a town like Morgan Hill. "It's very pleasing to be a part of such a nice community," he said. "A lot of people do a lot of good stuff, and it's nice to be able to see what is needed and help."
To submit a nomination for the 2018 Community Spirit Awards, go to: http://www.gavilan.edu/pio/NominationForm.html

A monthly breakfast where chamber members gather to find out information about Morgan Hill, introduce new members and have a fun time.  Feel free to bring a raffle prize, if you wish. 
Event Sponsors:
  • Gavilan Community College
Mama Mia's
275 E. Dunne Ave.
Morgan Hill CA
Date/Time Information:
Starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. 
$10.00 for all members who register on-line a minimum of 24 hours in advance 
$15.00 for all members who register 24 hours or less in advance or who walk-in without registration
$15.00 for non-members 
Please register on-line over 24 hours in advance as it helps us to get an accurate head count for the caterers.  Thank you.   
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