The Gilroy Garlic Festival exceeded the $10 million mark in revenue distribution with a bang by awarding a record $350,000 to 167 participating non-profit organizations from income realized at the 35th annual event, 2013 Festival Association President Dennis Harrigan announced today.
The 2013 figure brings the total 35-year distribution mark to $ 10,366,251.
“We just celebrated ’35 Summers of Fun’ which also meant 35 summers of success benefitting charities and organizations within our community,” Harrigan reflected. “This is 4,000 volunteers coming together to make our festival the best in the nation. Their unselfish efforts put $350,000 back into our community RIGHT NOW and 10 million dollars since 1979.”
In addition to revenue provided the various non-profit groups, the Festival made $267,000 in improvements to event venue Christmas Hill Park, upgrades used by the public on a daily basis, $7,000 in college scholarships to participating schools in the inaugural Garlic Bowl and a $2,000 donation to the renovation of the City of Gilroy downtown mural.
The Top Five 2013 beneficiaries are:
South Valley Community Church Youth Group, $17,020
Gilroy HS/Christopher HS Alliance Choir, $13,748
Live Oak Emerald Regime, $11,787
South Valley Young Life, $11,743
Gilroy Police Explorers Post 818, $10,520
The 36th edition of the Garlic Festival returns July 25-27, 2014