The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation donated $375,000 this season to seven worthy nonprofit groups, the most the philanthropic organization has given out during the fall in at least five years.

The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation disbursed three grants worth $25,000, two $50,000 grants and two $100,000 awards.

“Kern County is fortunate to have so many dedicated organizations working on its behalf,” the foundation wrote on its website.

The two largest grants were awarded to the Mercy Foundation-Bakersfield DBA Friends of Mercy Foundation to advance women’s health in Kern County, and the Tree Foundation of Kern for a Bakersfield Beautification Project.

The Tree Foundation for Kern maintains a nursery that grows trees to sell at low-cost to schools, cities and other organizations planting them in public spaces. Since 1994, it has planted 14,000 trees at more than 400 locations throughout Kern County.

The Friends of Mercy Foundation, founded in 1988, supports healthcare facilities and service lines offered by Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield, including cancer, orthopedic and women’s care.

Other grant recipients include Garden Pathways and Recycling Lives, which each received $50,000. Downtown Bakersfield Development Corporation, Rebuilding Together Kern County and United Way of Kern County each received $25,000 for their projects.

The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation, formerly known as The Bakersfield Californian Foundation (no relation to The Bakersfield Californian newspaper or TBC Media), was established to continue Harrell’s tradition of bettering his community by providing financial assistance to local charitable organizations.

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