The 35th annual festival was July 26-28 in Gilroy, Calif. This year’s awards to nonprofit organizations brought total giving to $10,366,251 since 1979, festival association president Dennis Harrigan said in a news release.
The festival relies on 4,000 volunteers.
The five largest beneficiaries this year are:
- South Valley Community Church Youth Group, $17,020;
- Gilroy High School and Christopher High School Alliance Choir, $13,748;
- Live Oak Emerald Regime, $11,787;
- South Valley Young Life, $11,743; and
- Gilroy Police Explorers Post 818, $10,520.
A list of recipients will be posted online.
The festival also provided $267,000 for improvements to event venue Christmas Hill Park; $7,000 for college scholarships to schools participating in the Garlic Bowl; and $2,000 toward renovation of the City of Gilroy downtown mural.
The 2014 festival is July 25-27.