Art & Culture

Gavilan College Presents Community Spirit Awards for San Benito County

Gavilan College Community Spirit Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, and businesses who contribute in a strong, positive way to the communities within the Gavilan Joint Community College. Three sets of awards are presented each ye

The 2013 Gavilan College Community Spirit Awards for San Benito County were presented to:

DENNIS OSORIO: Dennis has been a valuable volunteer for San Benito County’s event sound systems and entertainment systems for many, many years. He serves on the Hollister Downtown Association’s Lights On Celebration and Street Festival & Car Show committees. For the parade he sets up and takes down equipment, and provides labor to furnish tow announcer stages along the parade route. One year he had to water-proof everything due to the rain! For the street fair his secures the equipment, accessories, and stages AND arranges for 4-5 professional bands. Dennis repeats this donation of his time, service, and equipment for the two City of Hollister Air Shows too. Her also serves on the Airport Advisory Commission. Dennis is nominated due to his overwhelming generosity with “service to his community” his motivation to help where ha can and all with a smile!


SAN BENITO STAGE COMPANY: Founded in 1999, the San Benito Stage Company is a non-profit performing arts association dedicated to producing local musical and theatrical workshops, plays, and performances. Its goal is to provide high-quality live entertainment for the entire community of San Benito County, while developing performing arts skills for its members. The San Benito Stage Company (SBSC) is a non-profit organization that not only builds character but also fosters creativity and self esteem while developing performing art skills for individuals of all ages. It strives to bring "a little slice of Broadway" to Hollister. For many families, this is their best opportunity to attend a theatrical production. Their 2013-2014 season will include the teen musical “Changing Minds”, the comedy dinner theater production “Harvey”, the Spring youth musical “Anne of Green Gables” and a summer family musical production of “Les Miserables.”


TONASCIA FARMS: Tonascia Farms is a local business growing organic spring mix, and cilantro and conventional garlic and peppers. They use sustainable growing practices such as crop rotation, water management, minimal use of synthetic fertilizers, and crop protection tools; all in order to pass their ground on to the next generation in a fertile and productive condition. They are generous in their community support, donating to 4H, the FFA, Chamberlains, the Circle of Friends, Baler Athletics and Gavilan College Volleyball.

The Community Spirit Awards were created in 1999 through Board Resolution 739, in order to promote and recognize service to the communities Gavilan College serves. A representative committee of the campus community reviews nominations and selects the award winners. Anyone may nominate an individual, organization, or business in the community for an award. All members of the community are invited to submit nominations for individuals, businesses, and organizations deserving of recognition. A nominee who is not selected may be renominated for the next year. For nomination forms and more information, go to or call (408) 848-4724.


Jan Bernstein Chargin has been the Director of Public Information for Gavilan College since 2001.