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 10,000 Degrees, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Bay Area students to enter and graduate college, will host its annual fundraiser gala, ONE Amazing Community, on Saturday, May 7 at the Bill and Adele Jonas Center, College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato. The event will celebrate the contributions of those who helped achieve educational equity supporting students from low-income backgrounds achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates.

10,000 Degrees helps low-income high school seniors get to and stay in college. Photos courtesy 10,0000 Degrees

  “As the pandemic continues, never has the need been greater or more urgent to support our students from low-income backgrounds in pursuit of their college dreams. For over four decades, 10,000 Degrees alumni have proven how a college degree can change the course of their lives, their families’ lives, and entire communities,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO.

   This year’s ONE Degree of Change honoree is Lisa Wittke Schaffner, CEO of North Coast Builders Exchange, former executive director of the John Jordan Foundation, and board trustee of the Sonoma County Office of Education. She will be honored for her commitment and advocacy of youth, education and community in Sonoma County.

Lisa Wittke Schaffner is CEO of the North Coast Builders Exchange.

  The program will feature state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, who will serve as guest auctioneer, along with a live performance by musical artist Kaila Love. The gala will also include a jazz music performance by students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

   ONE Amazing Community will include opportunities for supporters who cannot attend the in-person gala to participate through a virtual celebration. For more information, visit 10000degrees.org.

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