While recognizing the work of nonprofit groups in Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians awarded $25,000 to five organizations during its charitable foundation’s annual awards presentation last week.

“Tonight is a celebration of all which we’ve been able to accomplish together,” said Kenneth Kahn of the Chumash Business Committee at the Nov. 14 event at The Willows restaurant in the Chumash Casino Resort.

The Chumash Foundation presented $5,000 grants and service award certificates in five categories to: Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center,

community enhancement and environmental services; Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation, culture and recreation services; Friends of the Library of the Santa Ynez Valley, education and personal development services; American Heart Association, health and human services; and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Native American services.

Representatives from 19 organizations and agencies attended, among more than 50 invited guests.

The Chumash Foundation, founded in 2005 and governed by the Business Committee, has awarded more than $18 million to local groups, organizations and schools throughout the years. By year’s end, the tribe will have donated $1.3 million.

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