At the 10,000 Degrees gala (from left): ONE Degree of Change Award honoree Graham Brandt, Sandy Donnell, Pepe Gonzalez, Lifetime Legacy award winner Judy Edgar and Saul Peña Photo courtesy of 10,000 Degrees

   10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college, hosted its annual fundraising gala, ONE Amazing Community, on April 29 at the Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. The gala raised over $1 million. Proceeds will benefit students and programs in all eight Bay Area counties that 10,000 Degrees serves to support students from low-income backgrounds to become college graduates.

   Judy Edgar, 10,000 Degrees founder and honorary board member, was the recipient of the Lifetime Legacy Award. Graham Brandt, 10,000 Degrees alumnus, former board chair and honorary board member was awarded the ONE Degree of Change Award. Both were honored for helping to achieve education equity in Marin and beyond.

   “Since 1981, 10,000 Degrees alumni have proven how a college degree can change the course of their lives and communities,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO. “This gala is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the difference 10,000 Degrees has made on the lives of thousands of students, and an occasion to honor the efforts of so many in our community whose amazing contributions and hard work help us reach our goals year after year.”

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