Gilroy Garlic Festival Pays Out $255,000 in Non-Profit Distributions

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018



Gilroy Garlic Festival Pays Out $255,000 in Non-Profit Distributions

October 24, 2018 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced distributions totaling $255,000 to 170 different charities and non-profit organizations. The 2018 figure brings the Garlic Festival’s 40-year total distributions to over $11.7 million.

In the Volunteer Equity Program, instituted by the Gilroy Garlic Festival founders in 1979, net proceeds from the three-day event are distributed to local schools, sports teams, non-profit groups, and service organizations based on the number of hours logged at the Festival by over 4,000 volunteers representing those organizations.

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival President Todd Trekell said, “The reason the Gilroy Garlic Festival is still going strong after 40 years is because of the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers. It’s very rewarding to see their hard work translate directly into much-needed funding for many of our community’s most valued organizations.”

For 2018, the top five beneficiaries are: Live Oak Emerald Regime ($11,788); Gilroy High School Football ($8,601); Victory Outreach ($8,580); Christopher High School CAT Boosters ($7,474); and Gilroy Gators Swim Team ($7,346). Over $90,000 was raised by volunteers working on behalf of Gilroy Unified School District groups and organizations.

A complete list of distributions is posted on the Festival website:


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to


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