Reflecting on community response to the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

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Local businesses and families hosted countless fundraisers to support those affected by the Garlic Festival shooting. Here, children who hosted a lemonade stand deliver a $3,500 donation to the Gilroy Foundation in August 2019.


Since its inception in 1979, the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival has topped lists in local and national publications, been awarded a Guinness world record, and been featured on The Food Network and Travel Channel. But last year, on its 40th anniversary, the three-day food fair experienced a tragedy. 

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, a gunman opened fire at the festival, killing three people and wounding more than a dozen. The shooting left the community reeling, but united in providing relief to the victims and support to each other.

A year after the shooting, we remember the victims and honor our first responders by presenting this video (above) and publishing a blog about how the community came together. We also invite you to Gilroy Foundation’s virtual memorial event on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. The memorial will be streamed on YouTube Live and is open to the community.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no Garlic Festival in 2020. If you would like to contribute to the Gilroy Garlic Festival Endowment Fund, however, please contact the Garlic Festival Association at 408.842.1625 or You can also donate through



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