A week of commemoration for next week’s anniversary of the deadly Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting
In honor of all the lives affected by the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July 2019, the District Attorney’s Gilroy Strong Resilience Center (GSRC) is hosting a week of events focused on kindness, including a catering meal for the hospital whose staff assisted the victims that day. and a vigil of remembrance.
The prosecutor’s office is also asking the community to join the effort by performing an act of kindness and sharing it with us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #GilroyKind and #KindnessIsStrong.
“Two years ago we were faced with the violent hatred and anger of an unstable person,” DA Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Our response as a community is strength, empathy and resilience. What will your act of kindness be?”
Here is a calendar of events for Kindness Week, which includes a vigil of remembrance on the second anniversary of the automatic weapon attack on a crowd of festival-goers by a sniper, which left four dead, 17 injured and traumatized hundreds on July 28. 2019.
July 26: Act of kindness for the Sainte-Louise Regional Hospital
Santa Clara County Attorney’s Office and GSRC to serve St. Louise Regional Hospital staff a Garlic Festival-themed lunch, prepared by local chef Mark Segovia, thanking them for their tireless work after the GGF shooting in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic. What will be your act of kindness?
July 27: Virtual Yoga with Layla Mazdyasni
Join the Reclaim Foundation for a free and special virtual yoga class with a certified instructor, Layla Mazdyasni at 6:30 p.m. to promote emotional wellness in remembrance of the mass shooting. Register here: bit.ly/reclaimfndn-yoga
July 28: Vigil of Remembrance and Open House of the GSRC
The Gilroy Center for the Arts will honor the memory of the lives lost and all those affected by the Garlic Festival bombing. The Vigil of Remembrance will feature Aztec dancers, remarks by Rosen, Mayor of Gilroy, Marie Blankley and Father Jose Rubio, as well as a moment of silence. The resilience center will be open immediately after the vigil with information on the services. Light drinks and snacks will be available.
July 29: Trauma101 for law enforcement professionals
Free webinar training for law enforcement professionals, moderated by Martha McNeil, LMFT, GSRC Clinical Coordinator and Director of DreamPower Horsemanship. Click here to register or for more information visit the GSRC Facebook page using the QR code below.
Friday July 30: Soul Box Making Session at GSRC
Join us at the GSRC from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our last Soul Box crafting session. To learn more about the Soul Box Project events at GSRC, visit the GSRC Facebook page using the QR code below.
July 31: Cooking in Quarantine with Garlic Festival Survivor
Tune in to The Neon Exchange YouTube channel for a conversation with Megan Bull, trauma survivor and founder of the Reclaim Foundation. Megan will cook alongside Chef Mark Segovia where they will discuss their healing journey.