The Altrusa Club of the Central Coast Foundation Inc. has announced the award of grants to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships from the Festival of Trees event sponsored by the foundation in December 2021.

“This was the 19th Festival of Trees sponsored by the Altrusa Club of the Central Coast Foundation and was a remarkable success,” said Noe Mahelona, president of the foundation. “Focus of the foundation is to provide financial support via scholarships for college-bound students from local high schools and support nonprofit organizations providing human services to residents in northern Santa Barbara County.

“The foundation, together with the Altrusa Club of the Central Coast, a service organization that focuses on literacy and other needed services throughout our community, host the annual Festival of Trees in the Santa Maria Valley.

“Funds raised during this event have allowed the foundation to award thousands of dollars in grants to a diverse group of other local nonprofit organizations and scholarships to over 33 students.”

The 2022 grant recipients included CASA of Santa Barbara County, the Central Coast Pregnancy Center, Friends of the Pioneer Valley FFA, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Little House by the Park, Momentum WORKS Inc., PLAY-the Patch, Righetti High School, the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, Savie Health, the Santa Barbara County Action Network, Santa Maria FFA, the Teddy Bear Foundation, Veggie Rescue, VTC Enterprises, the YMCA, the Orcutt Library, Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library, and OASIS (Orcutt Area Seniors in Service).

Planning for the 2022 Festival of Trees is underway. Organizations or businesses interested in sponsoring a tree for the event can call 805.478.3330, email or visit