Local philanthropists honored in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Some Valley residents and businesses are being recognized for their philanthropic efforts.

The valley chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals held its annual Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon in downtown Fresno today.

Among this year's recipients was 16-year-old Grace Bernhardt. She was honored as the outstanding youth in philanthropy. Just two years ago Bernhardt began fundraising for mental health systems' Hacienda Campus-- a residence for women and their children making their way back into the community. Since then Bernhardt has helped raised more than $200,000, which the organization used to build a new children's playground.

Action New's anchor Warren Armstrong was the MC at Thursday's awards presentation.

Here is the full list of award recipients:

Outstanding Philanthropist: John Carey, Sr., nominated by Easter Seals Central California

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Louis Franco, nominated by Selma Community Enhancement Corporation

Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Teri Amerine, nominated by Jim Meinert

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Corporation: Granville Homes, nominated by Ruth's Chris Steak House

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Foundation or Nonprofit: The Lost Girls Motorcycle Club, nominated by Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation www.afpcaliforniavalley.org

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17: Grace Bernhardt, nominated by Mental Health Systems

Spirit of Philanthropy: Jim Clark, nominated by St. Agnes Medical Center Foundation; Paul Mitchell, nominated by The Discovery Center; Mardell Pedersen, nominated by West Hills Community College Foundation
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