In 2019 our Team was honored with a Mayoral Proclamation to honor our grassroots efforts, grit and determination in bringing back a 50 year tradition to old and new Santa Clarans--that lay dormant for 24 years. It was the start and reinvention of a old tradition that still was relevant 24 years later. Celebrating the good and doing good in our community through volunteerism, charity and giving back through time, money and mentorship. We want to be a platform to connect to like minded people--heroes of every age and background that go above and beyond to make our diverse City the place we want to live in.
2020 Going Virtual....
Honoring American Heroes
The Pandemic changed everything we relied on and we learned new ways to connect and support one another as a community. We wanted to be close but yet safe and social distanced. Santa Clarans learned to zoom, work, play and live online while SIP. It was clear that it was no ordinary year and where it would take us was uncertain. To honor our brave American Heroes, we invited our community to participate in a legacy project--one we could look back on with pride. We asked them to send us their messages, songs, performances and stories to weave into what became a virtual parade. It was a Project created by the community for the community and it celebrated all that went right in 2020. The final program was showcased on the City public channel for 4 weeks--thanks to the generosity of a SC City community grant. Never forget our 2020 Heroes who protected us through the worst of COVID-19. Grateful Together...virtually. Thank you Mayor Lisa Gilmor and Council for recognizing those efforts with a 2020 COVID community Hero Award.
2020 Kansen Chu Community Hero Awards
In the depths of SIP a few community members didn't sit idly but found work arounds that maintained connections. Ana Vargas-Smith, President, a founding member of the 501c3 Santa Clara Parade of Champions, and board member Jodi Muirhead, and founding member, were both honored by Assembly member Kansen Chu for being COVID Heroes. Each year Kansen Chu would take nominations by the community of folks who looked for projects that benefited the community. Despite the uncertainty of COVID we each found ways to reach out and connect resources to community during SIP.
Live, livestreamed, Chats and TV...
The 2021 Parade of Champions once again invited the community to get creative in how they celebrated their Heroes but this time in person. We took what we learned from a Live Parade, a Virtual Parade and took the best of both and created a program that reflected how grateful to be present and celebrating our heroes in person. Its like coming out of hibernation. Undeterred we reached out to all and reminded them we were still here! Cause from Celebration and grateful to our Heroes. They deserved a victory Parade and we were ready to do that!
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