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November 10, 2015 > Thank you for making Day on the Bay 2015 a huge success

Thank you for making Day on the Bay 2015 a huge success

Submitted By Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese

There are many reasons why the annual Day on the Bay multicultural festival is my favorite District 3 event, but the No. 1 reason is that I get to look out from the stage and see thousands of people who make Santa Clara County such a special place to call home.

The more than 10,000 guests who attended the October 11 event represent many nationalities and ethnicities, age groups, walks of life and occupations. Day on the Bay is truly a celebration of our diversity.

As my wife, Pattie, and I strolled through the festival site, greeting old friends and making new ones, we saw that our guests were having a great time. They were taking kayak rides, choosing pumpkins, climbing a rock wall, racing zucchini cars, shooting pucks into a Sharks inflatable net and enjoying a sunny day at the beautiful park at the edge of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.

They were eating hamburgers or veggie-burgers grilled by the Santa Clara County Firefighters, buying tasty fruits and vegetables at our inaugural Farmers Market and enjoying the many volunteer dancers and musicians performing on our two stages.

Because our Resource Fair focused on health, our guests were also able to receive free flu shots, type 2 diabetes testing, blood pressure tests and vision and dental screenings. Our more than 150 booths also provided activities for kids and information on services and programs vital to our well-being.

So, thank you all for attending 2015 Day on the Bay and making this event such a success. And thank you to my staff, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that worked hard to make the free event happen.

We owe a special thanks to our partner, Santa Clara County Parks, for making it possible to hold the event at the park for the past six years. Thanks also to the County Public Health Department for providing free flu shots and type 2 diabetes screening to adults, and WalgreenÕs for providing flu shots for kids and to all our other health care providers who gave vision and dental checkups and blood pressure tests.

WeÕre grateful to all the non-profits and businesses who volunteered at our 150 information booths. A special shout out to all of the performers of the day, whose talents ranged from accordion playing and Russian dancers to belly dancing and rock bands.

Thanks to our other Gold Sponsors: The Health Trust, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the San Jose Sharks, West Valley Construction, Local Motion, IAFF Firefighters Local 1165; Our Silver Sponsors: Santa Clara Valley Water District and Double Ten Celebration Committee; Our Bronze Sponsors: South Bay Islamic Association, Kaiser Permanente, Bytes and Notes, South Bay School of Music Arts, Colgate, Chikilin Jumpers, Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation, Chick fil-A at First Street, Zanker Road Resources;
And our Supporters: Oakland AÕs, At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Youth Fund, Black Angus, PetSmart, Sports Basement, Dave & Busters, Dahn Yoga Santa Clara, Target, Starbucks, Outback, PatxiÕs Pizza, Silver Creek Sportsplex, Esmartshop, CEFCU, New York Life Insurance Company, We-Write, John Elwell Insurance, Mobile Climb USA and Nothing Bundt Cakes. We are also grateful to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Fleet and Facilities, Roads and Airports and Registrar of Voters.

Please visit www.sccgov.org/dayonthebay if youÕre interested or would like to give us feedback on the 2015 event. You can also call my office at (408) 299-5030 or email me at dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org

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