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“Under the Stars: A Sleepout to End Homelessness in Marin” on July 31 raised awareness and funding for Ritter Center. Families and individuals across the Bay Area left the comfort of their homes and slept in yards, cars and gardens, raising more than $133,000 for the organization’s housing support and healthcare services to prevent and resolve homelessness. Pictured are participants (above, middle) David Guggenhime and his grandchildren, (above, bottom) Ritter Center board member Carol Farrer and her grandchildren and (above, top) Ritter Center’s Marketing Director Kate Harle and her family. Find more information at  -Photos courtesy of Ritter Center


The Marin Needle Arts Guild and Little Wishes, in a collaborative effort, brought smiles to the faces of children and teens who are in Bay Area hospitals, undergoing treatment for serious illnesses. The effort was spearheaded by Shirley Twitchell-Johnson of Marin Needle Arts Guild and Laura Euphrat, co-founder and president of Little Wishes. Each hand-crafted quilt distributed bought comfort and added beauty to the young person’s room. Pictured above is Fatima, a 14-year-old San Rafael girl who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. She said the quilt, featuring birds, which she loves, brought her hope. For more information about these organizations, visit and  -Photo courtesy of Marin Needle Arts Guild and Little Wishes



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