10,000 Degrees Celebrates “ONE Amazing Community” Benefiting Bay Area Students
ONE Amazing Community Gala to be Held In-Person and Virtually
Lisa Wittke Schaffner to Be Honored at The ONE Amazing Community Gala on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Novato
San Rafael, Calif. (April 12, 2022) – 10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college in seven Bay Area counties, hosts 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.
ONE Amazing Community will include opportunities for supporters who cannot attend the in-person gala to participate through a virtual celebration, and five satellite soirées in four of the seven regions 10,000 Degrees serves: San Francisco, South Bay, Napa, and Marin. 10,000 Degrees staff and alumni speakers will share impact stories at each soirée.
This year’s ONE DEGREE of Change honoree will be 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 deep commitment and advocacy of youth, education, and community in Sonoma County.
The ONE Amazing Community gala program will include California Senator Mike McGuire, who will serve as guest auctioneer, and 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 celebrates and recognizes the contributions of many in the community who have played a role in helping achieve educational equity and have supported students from low-income backgrounds achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates.
“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.
“10,000 Degrees’ students are 100% from low-income backgrounds and 89% people of color. These are Californians who may not have been provided the opportunity to reach their full potential without the extraordinary support of this organization,” said Rhea Suh, Marin Community Foundation president and CEO. “California needs the passion, commitment, and determination of these students – our future leaders. Which is why Marin Community Foundation is a long-term partner, sponsor and admirer of 10,000 Degrees and its critical work.”
More About ONE Amazing Community Gala
This year’s ONE Amazing Community gala co-chairs are Donna Seager Liberatore and Sharon Segal.
Dean’s List Sponsors are Dennis and Susan Gilardi.
Doctorate Sponsors are Dodge & Cox, Loomis, Sayles & Company, Marin Community Foundation, and Nikhil Sharma.
Master’s Sponsors are Jay and Kären Abbe, Suzanne Badenhoop and Guy Lampard, Bank of Marin, Graham and Talia Brandt, Lynn Brinton and Dan Cohn, Cerity Partners (formerly Brouwer & Janachowski), Susan and Mitchell Cohen, County of Marin, Herb and Jane Dwight, Micki Hambro, Jackson Family Wines, Inc., Keysight Technologies, Alison and Mike Mauzé, Medtronic, Mary Prchal, Solano Dermatology Associates, Tracy Solomon, Sonoma County Office of Education, Denise and Mark Steele, Marty and Marlene Stein, Jamienne Studley and Gary Smith, Jennifer Sweeney, TPG Capital, and Mary and Michael Wolfe.
Bachelor’s Sponsors are Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, Bank of America, Eric Bindelglass and Gabrielle Tierney, Sandy Donnell and Justin Faggioli, Judy and Jim Edgar, Deborah and Jonathan Goldman, The Hartman-O’Brien Family, Vanessa Holton and Lloyd Aubry, Jr., Kroll Associates (formerly Duff & Phelps), Sheila and Thomas Larsen, Dr. Denise M. Lucy and Dr. Françoise O. Lepage, Mechanics Bank, Claudia and Ethan Moeller, Mark and Katey Mokelke, Saul Peña and Charmaine Chow, Redwood Credit Union, Sharon Segal, Madeleine and Alexis Sinclair, William Smith and Ann Aylwin, Sonoma Raceway, Kristin Swenson/Brilliancy, and Julie and Michael Whitcomb.
Associate’s Sponsors are Janice Anderson-Gram and Tom Gram, Bank of San Francisco, Seth and Amy Barad, Christopher Boyd, Chandi Hospitality, College of Marin, Pamela Cook and Paul Gietzel, The Dome Construction Foundation, Ryan and Jennifer Fay, David and Elaine Freed, Trish Hayward and Jeff DePew, John Jorgensen, KPMG, Derek Ku and Vikki Tang, Nancy and Tony Lilly, MCE Community Choice Energy, Monica Mehra and Clay Armistead, Toby and Susan Mumford, Stephanie O’Brien/Dovetail Decision Consultants, Inc., Rodney Strong Winery, Richard and Barbara Rosenberg, San Francisco Magazine and Silicon Valley Magazine, San Francisco State University, Luis Silva-Behrens and Keily Hernandez, Sonoma State University, The Press Democrat and North Bay Business Journal, Wanden Treanor and Faye D’Opal, and Umpqua Bank.
Benefactor Sponsors include Louette Colombano, Stone Coxhead, Kim Mazzuca and Anne Howatt, Susan and Alan Preston, Barbara and John Russell, and Ellie Shephard and Peter Habicht,
For more information about the ONE Amazing Community in-person gala, virtual celebration, and satellite soirées, or to donate, please visit OneAmazingCommunity.org.
MEDIA/CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college in seven Bay Area counties, hosts its annual fundraiser gala, ONE Amazing Community, on Friday May 7 at the Bill and Adele Jonas Center, College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live music performances from Kaila Love and students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Lisa Wittke Schaffner will be honored at the gala for her commitment and advocacy of youth, education, and community in Sonoma County. Special guests include California Senator Mike McGuire.
ONE Amazing Community will also include an opportunity for supporters who cannot attend the in-person gala, to participate through a virtual celebration (registration required), or at five satellite soirées in four of the seven regions that 10,000 Degrees serves: San Francisco, South Bay, Napa, and Marin.
Bill and Adele Jonas Center / College of Marin Indian Valley Campus
1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Event to be streamed on YouTube Live (registration required)
Locations vary. Please contact Anna Schlegel for more information at (415) 309-8950.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception
6:30 p.m. – Seated dinner and program
(Cocktails, desserts, and music to follow program)
Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Gala special guests and speakers include:
- Lisa Wittke Schaffner, ONE DEGREE of Change honoree
- California Senator Mike McGuire
- Musical guests Kaila Love, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO
- 10,000 Degrees students and alumni
Ticket prices start at $250 and are available online. Free Registration for the virtual event. For more
information, please contact Anna Schlegel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 451-4031.
To learn more about 10,000 Degrees programs and services, please visit www.10000degrees.org.
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About 10,000 Degrees®
10,000 Degrees® is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California that supports students from low-income backgrounds to and through college. 10,000 Degrees serves more than 12,000 students and their families each year with comprehensive wraparound support, college and financial aid counseling, near-peer alumni coaching, scholarships, and financial aid management. Unlike most other college success organizations, there is no GPA requirement to participate in 10,000 Degrees’ programs. Powered by Fellows, near-peer coaches who are recent college graduates and often alums of 10,000 Degrees, they are embedded in high school and college campuses to help students navigate life both on and off-campus and throughout their college success journey. With this innovative support model, 10,000 Degrees achieves unmatched success rates: Over 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, and 10,000 Degrees community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at a rate that’s three times the national average. 10,000 Degrees’ students also graduate with 88% less student loan debt than the national average. 10,000 Degrees operates in eight Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Lake – and works in 41 high schools, 56 community colleges, and 170 four-year colleges and universities cross the nation. For more information about 10,000 Degrees, please visit