Community-focused event has raised over $200K for High School Arts Program

Los Gatos, CA, August 2019 – The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch, a Los Gatos community tradition now entering its 17th year, will once again captivate young and old alike with a display of 3,500 glass pumpkins created by 10 talented Bay Area glass artists, each on-site to represent their many months of work.  With a preview viewing and reception on Friday, Sept. 20, the two-day pumpkin sale will take place on the Los Gatos High School campus lawn on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22.

The annual event has been spearheaded since its inception by Los Gatos residents Shelly Monfort and Ken Mollenauer and Los Gatos High School (LGHS) alumni Gigi Erickson and Tom Stanton who realized that they could create a winning situation that would benefit local artists, art programs at the school and the local community.

The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch is now a Los Gatos fixture, with over $200K donated over the years to support the high school art programs, the Interact (community service) Club, beautification of school grounds and other school programs.

“We’ve so appreciated the many donations MGPP has given to our school through the years,” said Tonya McQuade, an English teacher at LGHS. “This money has helped to purchase needed supplies and equipment for our art classes, fund special assemblies such as our Shakespeare Assembly and Theater Workshop, as well as author presentations and new books and DVDs for our English classes.

“In addition, student volunteers at the festival help with set up, sales, and wrapping up the pumpkins that have been purchased. They always really enjoy volunteering for this event because they love looking at all the beautiful pumpkins and seeing how excited people get when they find the perfect one.”

This year’s exhibition will take place on Saturday Sept. 21 from 9am-5pm, and Sunday Sept. 22 from 9am-3pm.  A reception and viewing (no sales) are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 from 5pm-7pm.  Admission is free and open to all.

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