John D’Arrigo, left, president and chief executive officer of D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California; Linda Ford, president and chief executive officer of Natividad Medical Foundation; and Tony Tollner, managing partner at Rio Grill, mark an occasion honoring the charitable work of the Agricultural Leadership Council.
John D’Arrigo, left, president and chief executive officer of D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California; Linda Ford, president and chief executive officer of Natividad Medical Foundation; and Tony Tollner, managing partner at Rio Grill, mark an occasion honoring the charitable work of the Agricultural Leadership Council.

The Salinas, Calif.-based Agricultural Leadership Council was named the year’s outstanding philanthropic service organization at the 23rd annual National Philanthropy Day awards.

The award recognizes contributions of more than $1.25 million to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.

Donations by the council’s more than 125 grower-shipper members have funded breast cancer detection devices; critical care incubators for premature infants; and an indigenous language interpreting program.

Among those members are D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms and NewStar Fresh Foods.

The event’s Monterey Bay chapter met Nov. 21 in Pebble Beach, Calif.

“TALC is extremely pleased that the community recognizes the need to philanthropically support Natividad Medical Center and values our commitment,” John D’Arrigo, president and chief executive officer of D’Arrigo Bros., said in a news release.

The interpretation program serves patients speaking such languages as Mixteco, Triqui, Chatino and Zapoteco, which are common among Salinas Valley farm workers. More than 27,000 indigenous language speakers live in the area.