COLUMN: The Chamber of Commerce and the SBC Foundation host the Hollister Sesquicentennial Gala

The 150th Anniversary Gala was the culmination of a series of events organized by the City of Hollister’s 150th Anniversary Committee.

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On August 6, the San Benito The Chamber of Commerce and the County Foundation hosted the Town of Hollister 150th Anniversary Closing Gala. The 150th Anniversary Gala was the culmination of a series of events organized by the City of Hollister’s 150th Anniversary Committee. The Gala was held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building and was a ticketed event open to the public in advance. The gala included a cocktail party, appetizers, desserts, plated dinner, proclamations and presentations from various local, state and federal offices, and a 360 photo booth while ending the evening with tons of music and dancing .

Many members of the Hollister community were present, but also representatives from various government offices. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the evening’s speakers and those who provided proclamations in honor of Hollister’s 150th anniversary. The gala began with a formal introduction in English by SBC Chamber CEO/President Michelle Leonard, followed by an introduction in Spanish by SBC Chamber Foundation Executive Director Eduardo Navarro. Daisy Caceres, Senior Support Services Assistant for the City of Hollister, introduced Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and was followed by a special video message from U.S. Senator Alex Padilla to kick off the evening.

Later that night, the public was delighted with proclamations from the offices of:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
  • Congressman Jimmy Panetta,
  • Senator Anna Caballero
  • deputy Robert Rivas,
  • Bob Tiffany, San Benito County Supervisor,
  • San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, President Shawn Herrera,
  • San Benito County Chamber Foundation, Vice President Maria Cid
  • Special recognition from Hollister Police Chief Carlos Reynoso
  • Closing remarks by the City of Hollister, Mayor Ignacio Velazquez.

All proclamations were received by Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, Hollister City Council members Rick Perez, Dolores Morales, Roland Resendiz, City Treasurer Anietra Gomez and City Manager Brett Miller.

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Foundation worked tirelessly to coordinate with city officials to facilitate a fitting event for this momentous occasion in just three months. This gala would not have been possible without the support of the City of Hollister and our amazing sponsors who made this evening a special night that many will remember in the future and for generations to come.

We also want to give a special thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us celebrate and organize such a special occasion for the town of Hollister.

Gold Sponsors:

Shawn P. Herrera Foundation
Strada Verde
Pride Carrier Systems

Silver Sponsors:
Hawkins Enterprises
Neil Jones Food Company
Bhandal Brothers
Phi Squared IT Solutions, Inc.

DJ/AV Sponsor:
Pinnacle Strategy, LLC

Dessert Sponsor:
John Smith Road Landfill

Sponsor of the aperitif:
Hollister Research Campus

Coffee Sponsor:
Paradise Group

Table Setting Sponsor:

L/G Anderson Family Foundation

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