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George Chiala honored with Leadership Excellence Award.

Local community organization hosts Summer Gala to present award.

On July 12, 2014 George Chiala Sr. was honored for his leadership excellence at Castillo’s Hillside Shire Winery. In the presence of many community leaders and local dignitaries including Mayor Steve Tate, Councilman Larry Carr, Councilwoman Marilyn Leber and former mayor and community leader Dennis Kennedy, George was extremely moved.

Culminated by a sense of humor and deep respect for all that George continues to do for the Morgan Hill community, the evening’s MC, Pete Aiello, set a wonderful tone for the evening. The speaker/performer line-up included Lorraine Welk, the former Leadership Morgan Hill president, Mike Withrow who wrote and performed an original song honoring George, Jennifer Sheer who was the executive director of the farm bureau for nearly five years, and Michelle Averill who is now the CEO of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.

Following Averill, George’s four children each spoke, remarking upon different aspects of their father’s life. Daughter Christi Becerra spoke about their family, sharing the positive impact George’s father, Vito Chiala, had upon him. Next, daughter Nicole Chiala spoke about her parent’s positive impact upon she and her sibling’s lives. Then George Jr. spoke about the business aspect of his father’s life, and finally, with his unfaltering humor, Tim Chiala recognized their mother, Alice Chiala.

In preparation for George to receive his medal, past winners were invited up to the stage including Roger Knopf (2003), George, Gene and Gary Guglielmo (2004), Michael Rubino (2005), Dennis Kennedy (2007), Sherry Hemingway (2008), Mike Johnson (2011), Rosy Bergin (2012), and Mike Cox (2013).

In his acceptance speech, George shared his gratitude and love for his community. Recalling a childhood anecdote, he relayed a story from his schoolboy days about one magical day when he’d gotten a Hershey’s candy bar in his lunch. Gleefully sharing this news with his father, who was driving him to school at the time, his father told him that unless everyone else had a candy bar, that he must share it. Remembering his father’s life lesson, George had his family hand out Hershey candy bars to all event attendees; his way of sharing the wonderful honor being bestowed upon him.

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