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Sparkle Foundation Inc. holds an annual fundraising holiday gift drive. In addition, the Novato-based organization has been donating backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in need in Marin County and other Northern California cities and counties. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large crowd gatherings, Sparkle Foundation Executive Director Samantha Tradelius (above), with the help of her two young daughters, spent 10 days preparing 1,500 backpacks for donation.

The backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed in San Rafael and Novato and other areas in Northern California. Pictured (above, top) are San Francisco Police Department Capt. Juan Daniels and (above, bottom) San Rafael Police Department Sgt. Raul Aguilar and Community Services Officer Antonette Bullock.  -Photos courtesy of Sparkle Foundation

Soroptimist International of Novato has given multiple financial awards this year to young people for volunteer involvement or academic achievement. Pictured (above, top) are Evelyn Zavala-Torres, winner of the Violet Richardson Award for her volunteer work with English language development students at Novato High School and (above, bottom) Gabriela Reales-Herrera, runner-up for the award for her volunteer work at Lynwood Elementary School’s LEAP Program.


Soroptimist International of Novato presented financial awards to high school students for outstanding  achievement in academics, school and community activities and because of financial need. Pictured (above, top) are Alessandro Daniel Barrera from Novato High School, who will attend University of San Francisco and (above, bottom) Kelsey McIvor-Tingle from San Marin High School, who will attend University of California, Berkeley.  -Photos courtesy of Soroptimist International of Novato

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