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To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation presented its 24th Annual Stepping Out To Celebrate Life gala, La Vie En Rose, on Sept. 28, at Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael. The sold-out event with 600 guests raised more than $530,00. The evening’s highlight was a fashion show featuring and celebrating 31 local models including one man, who are thriving after breast cancer. The show’s fashions were provided by Alice Becker, Eileen Fisher, Helen Lyall, Macy’s, UKO and West Coast Leather. Pictured (above) is the fashion show finale.


Physician escorts included prominent local breast cancer surgeons, oncologists and radiation oncologists from Marin Cancer Care, MarinHealth, Kaiser Permanente,  Sutter Health and UCSF. Funds raised will benefit the foundation’s 2020 Breast Cancer Grants Program which supports Bay Area nonprofits that provide direct and emergency services to breast cancer patients. In 2019, To Celebrate Life granted $350,000 to 22 Bay Area nonprofits that assist underserved breast cancer patients. Pictured (above, top) are Katherine Kuhn and Dr. Gabriel Kind, and (above bottom, left to right) Claudia Gardner, Gretchen Alden, Anastasia Lester, Amy Branner and Jennifer Roggeveen.   -Photos by Glen Graves

SchoolsRule-Marin hosted their 8th Annual Distribution Celebration at the Marin County Office of Education on Oct. 17 where they distributed a record $1 million in funds to Marin public school districts.  Representatives from each district foundation in the county received their largest SchoolsRule funding amounts to date. Since 2012, SchoolsRule has distributed a total of $4.8 million to school districts countywide supporting programs in the areas of literacy, the arts, technology and health helping to ensure all students in all of our public schools have the same opportunities for success. Pictured (above, left to right) are Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, Michelene Moayedi, HeadsUp San Rafael Public Education Foundation, Trisha Garlock, SchoolsRule, along with SchoolsRule business partners Mark Kelley, Dannis Woliver Kelley, Johnathan Logan, Marin Community Foundation, Rob Devincenzi, Marin Independent Journal, Pat Kendall, Kaiser Permanente, Ron Felder, Redwood Credit Union, Andrea Henderson, Bank of Marin, Nancy Vernon, County of Marin, Gabriella Calicchio, Marin Cultural Services, Heather McIntyre, Restoration Hardware and Jonathan Eldridge, College of Marin. -Photo courtesy of SchoolsRule

Teens from Beyond Differences brought their message of inclusion to seniors at The Redwoods retirement community on Oct. 22. The teens led a No One Eats Alone Day exercise with the seniors to help them engage with one another, break up cliques and help make their community more welcoming for everyone.  Pictured (above, left to right) are Marin Teen Board of Beyond Differences’ Isabel Waite, Nicole Fuches, Julia Walden, Mikaila Levine, Josephine Craig, Pyper Healy and Sam Swire with (center) The Redwoods resident Audrey Hazen.  -Photo by Sally Kuhlman

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