Dear Morgan Hill Friends and Citizens: We Need Your Help!
2020 marks the 41st anniversary of the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival, May 23-24th. The festival draws approximately 60,000 – 70,000 people who enjoy the two-day gala that includes handcrafted arts and crafts, vendor booths, wine tasting, live entertainment on two stages, wine & beer gardens, a mushroom educational exhibit, cooking demonstrations and contests, strolling musicians and street performers and rides and games for the kids.
The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras is a charitable non-profit organization run by citizens, who along with a committee of volunteers and a board of directors, provide leadership for the MHMMG. Originally, the profits from the festival went to support the Morgan Hill Fire Department. Once the city outsourced fire services, our mission changed to support education. Over the past 36 years, we have provided 1104 scholarships to high school seniors in the amount of $1,117,000.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Scholarships are awarded based on the previous year’s revenue. Due to the successful festival in 2018, we were able to award sixty (60) $1000 scholarships in 2019. Unfortunately, as many of you recall, the second day of the 2019 festival was almost a complete rainout, which will substantially impact the amount of scholarships awarded in 2020. Also, since we do not charge admission for our festival, we rely on vendor fees, sponsorships, donations, and drink fees to provide income to run our festival. As our costs will increase for security, insurance, and site fees, we are asking for your financial help to continue to offer scholarships to our students as we have in the past.
Volunteering is also an essential part of our festival. Each year, we have over 400 student and adult volunteers who are the nuts and bolts of the festival. It is getting harder and harder to get volunteers for event support and would greatly appreciate your consideration in volunteering for our festival, which include set-up, tear down, beverage ticket sales, wine & beer pouring, event support, etc. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and we will put you on our list to receive the volunteer sign-up link when available.
If interested in supporting our scholarship fund, please mail a check with your name, address & email to the following:
MHMMG Scholarship Fund
409 Tennant Station #150
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
We will be more than happy to provide a letter confirming your donation for a tax deduction. Charitable Non-Profit. Tax ID #77-0134654. A portion of your donation is tax deductible.
SOBRATO HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
LIVE OAK HIGH SCHOOL 2019 RECIPIENTS
2020 Scholarship Application
Deadline for submission (March 25, 2020)
Scholarship Program – Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors living within the geographical boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Scholarship applications MUST be filled out electronically and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with your picture. This district has the largest loading area in the state of California. The boundaries go from Gilroy, including San Martin, to South San Jose and Almaden Valley. The scholarships are available to public and private school students.
OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
Contact Us Today: Info@mhmmg.com
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
In 2019, >156 applications were submitted for scholarships.
In 2019, $60,000 in scholarship funds were dispersed.
Over $1.1 million has been awarded since 1980.