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The annual Marin Valentine’s Ball took place, virtually, on Feb. 6, to benefit Side by Side, North Bay Children’s Center and the Godmothers of St. Vincent’s School for Boys. The evening of community and celebration raised nearly $200,000 for some of Marin County’s most vulnerable youth. The program included the honoring of community leader Bruce Raabe with the Hal Brown Memorial Philanthropy Award (above, top), as well as cameo appearances by notable celebrities former Gov. Jerry Brown (above, second from top), Paula Abdul (above, second from bottom) and a musical performance by internationally-recognized jazz saxophonist Kenny G (above, bottom).   -Photos courtesy of Side by Side

 Warm Wishes distributed 2,500 StreetPacks to unsheltered people in Marin County and around the Bay Area on Jan. 23. A number of social service agencies, including Ritter Center, the Downtown Streets Team, California Conservation Corps, Godmothers of St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Street Life Ministries and the Marin County Probation Department, received the backpacks stuffed with face masks, gloves, scarves, hats, wool socks and rain ponchos for distributions to homeless men and women. Key funding came from the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset, Rotary Club of Terra Linda, Central Marin Rotary, Carolyn and Peter Friedman Foundation, Macy’s, Northgate Mall, Hennessy Funds, Bombas Socks and EO Products. You can donate to this effort at warmwishes.org.  -Photo courtesy of Warm Wishes

Marin Society of Artists strives to shine a light on local artists and their work. “Spaces and Places,” an ongoing, virtual exhibit, includes “Rhubarb Trail,” a painting by Michael Friedland. For information about this exhibit and other upcoming shows, visit marinsocietyofartists.org.  -Photo courtesy of Marin Society of Artists


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