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Gilroy WWII Veteran Al Gagliardi and wife of 75 years , Betty enjoy the festivities at the " Salute to our Veterans " event at the Gilroy Veteran ' s Memorial Building on October 1 , 2022 . The event was hosted , organized , and facilitated by Leadership Gilroy ' s class of 2022 in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Memorial District ' s Executive Director , Christine West and VFW Post 6309 Chaplain Jesse Sanchez , a 20-year Veteran , US Army . The event and fundraising efforts by the Leadership class raised just under $ 74,000 for the veterans much needed kitchen renovations . Gagliardi served in the Pacific and was the founding Commander of Post 6309 in 1946 .
The " Salute to our Veterans " event was very well attended and as you can see , it was enjoyed by all . We saw lots of friendly Gilroy faces who came out and supported this great fundraiser .
Have you checked out awesome Austin Orlando ' s slime creations ? Find him at the Gilroy Farmers Market at the Outlets , along with his dad , the amazing Robert Orlando of Alta Woodcraft . Visit : facebook . com / altawoodcraft .
When Leadership Gilroy ' s Mike Luevano heard that the Little Free Library on Eigleberry Street between 4th & 5th got raided , he took it upon himself to replenish the entire library from his own family library . # welldone .
We met up with George Arrivalo and Tony Lozano who work day-in and day-out picking up trash in and around Gilroy for City Team and St . Joseph ' s Family Center all over Gilroy . Their hard work never ends ! # thankyou
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