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Autistry Studios students create keepsakes for initiative’s supporters 

   Autistry Studios’ Maker Space on Fourth Street in San Rafael hosted Giving Marin Community Partnership Partners, Sponsors, supporters and 2022 grant recipients for a special evening, including an open house and art demonstrations, on Sept. 28. 

   Autistry students, after introductions from co-founders Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen, presented Giving Marin Partners and Sponsors with handcrafted clocks, personalized for each recipient. The keepsakes were created and finalized over a two-month period. 

   Giving Marin’s grant winners also gave updates on what they have accomplished with their combined $75,000 in funding in 2023. 

   Following a tribute to retiring College of Marin President David Wain Coon and Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Director Patricia Kendall, Redwood Credit Union President and CEO Brett Martinez surprised the group by pledging an additional $50,000 to the Giving Marin grant initiative in their names.

   Chef David Haydon and Il Davide catered the event and Autistry students who are baristas in training provided coffee. Giving Marin Coordinator Sara Moseley and Marin Independent Journal President and Publisher Rob Devincenzi led the presentations.

   Giving Marin through its underwriters provides no-cost marketing and exposure to hundreds of 501(c)(3) charities based in Marin County and to nonprofits that serve populations in Marin, through the Marin Independent Journal. The initiative has awarded $340,000 in cash grants to nonprofits since its founding in 2018. Autistry Studios is a past winner. Autistry staff help autistic and neurodivergent teens and adults become successfully independent.

   For more information about Giving Marin, visit givingmarin.com.

Photos, clockwise from top left: Kaiser Permanente Medical Director Patricia Kendall; Forrest Manning, Cup of Gold Café proprietor and Ian Swearingen, Autistry student; Dan Swearingen, Autistry chief operating officer/co-founder; Kendall receives a clock from Edward Gelenter, Autistry student; Jacob Mason, Autistry student; Lea Mixon and Alexis Wise, Wise Choices for Girls; College of Marin President David Wain Coon; Autistry Studios CEO/co-founder Janet Lawson; Redwood Credit Union President and CEO Brett Martinez; Geo Monley, Autistry artist-in-residence and Michael Casillas, Autistry student.
Photos by Lana Ellison Photography



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