The Town of Gilbert is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2020, and Mayor Jenn Daniels is taking residents on a virtual party through Gilbert Good News, a 13-minute virtual birthday party inspired by John Krasinski’s Some Good News.
The video features prominent community members including Jon Asher Himes, who as a youth growing up in Gilbert helped to refurbish the famous water tower, Sonia Ruiz, whose family has lived in Gilbert for many generations, and former Mayor John Lewis who makes a special appearance from across the globe, according to a release. The video also celebrates highlights from the past year featuring community members, first responders and a 100-year-old Gilbert resident Marty Sherbecoe.
“Gilbert is officially 100 years old, and while our centennial year has brought some challenging times for our community, we still have much to celebrate,” Ms. Daniels said in the release. “Since we can’t come together in person due to COVID-19, I hope you’ll join me for Gilbert’s virtual birthday party so that we can come together to recognize our past, present and future as we begin the next 100 years.”
In addition to the video, the iconic water tower will be lit in celebration Monday, July 6. Gilbert has also created a special Spotify birthday playlist, Instagram Stories stickers which can be found by searching “Gilbert, AZ” in the platform, as well as birthday coloring pages that people can print off and enjoy at home. All of the birthday celebration items can be found at www.gilbertaz2020.com.
Gilbert, Arizona was incorporated July 6, 1920, with a population estimated at 865. Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”, Gilbert has grown to be home to nearly 260,000 residents and is continuously ranked one of the safest cities in the United States as well as one of the top places to live and raise a family, the release states. Gilbert is also home to three top-rated school districts and thousands of small businesses and notable businesses like Deloitte, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Banner MD Anderson, Go Daddy and Northrop Grumman. Learn more about Gilbert’s history and the community’s mission to be the City of the Future at www.gilbertaz2020.com.