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Give Big Kern Day is Tuesday

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A group of Give Big Kern participants hold up signs promoting different local nonprofit organizations at a press conference on April 17 at The Padre Hotel.  

Giving back to the community isn't limited to one day a year, but the mother lode of philanthropic events is here: Give Big Kern Day. 

The city will declare May 1st as Kern County's Official Day of Giving on Tuesday. Give Big Kern is headed by the Kern Community Foundation and corrals local businesses, organizations, nonprofit board members and supporters, as well as volunteers, to raise money and volunteer hours for each of the participating nonprofits.

The list of nonprofits involved in the event is lengthy and features everything from the Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Baby Cafe Bakersfield and CASA of Kern County to the Alternatives to Violence Project, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and Golden Empire Gleaners. Visit givebigkern.org to find a nonprofit to support.

The event will kick off at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield at 5 a.m., with a proclamation and bellringing. The festivities will continue at 9 a.m. at the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting where the day will be officially marked. Head over to Temblor Brewing Company from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the Give Big Kern After Party.

Tuesday marks the last day of a monthlong online crowdfunding event that kicked off April 1.

Business that took part in raising money for Give Big Kern since April 1 included Gimme Some Sugar Sweet Co., which has been selling Billy the Give Big Goat cookies, featuring the happy goat's image. For each $3 cookie, $1 goes to Give Big Kern. The promotion continues through Tuesday. 

Sequoia Sandwich Co. created the Give Big sandwich, featuring cracked pepper turkey, cream cheese, leaf lettuce, tomato and more on a ciabatta roll, with $1 from every sandwich sold going to the fundraising drive. This prom also continues through Tuesday.

Temblor Brewing Company, The Prairie Fire Bar at The Padre Hotel, the California Living Museum and Jim Burke Lincoln all hosted events to raise money for the community drive. More than $30,000 had been raised by April 17.

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