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10,000 Degrees Celebrates ‘ONE Amazing Community’ At Annual Gala Benefiting Bay Area Students

‘ONE Amazing Community’ Fundraising Gala On Saturday, April 27, 2024, At The Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael

San Rafael, Calif. (March 7, 2024)10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to unlocking student success at scale by giving more students equitable opportunities for a quality college education and career success, will host its annual fundraising gala, ONE Amazing Community, on Saturday, April 27 at the Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. 

The ‘ONE Amazing Community’ gala celebrates and recognizes the contributions of many in the community who have played a role in helping achieve educational equity and in supporting students from low-income backgrounds to fulfill their dreams of becoming college graduates.  

Proceeds from the ‘ONE Amazing Community’ gala will benefit students and programs across the eight Bay Area counties that 10,000 Degrees serves.

Guests attending the 10,000 Degrees ‘ONE Amazing Community’ gala will enjoy a cocktail reception, a seated dinner, an inspirational program featuring special guests, and Fund-a-Future live auction, followed by a festive after-party featuring a silent disco.

“For over 40 years, 10,000 Degrees has focused on achieving educational equity, and because of the efforts of so many in our community, we are making great strides towards that goal,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO. “10,000 Degrees has helped more than 59,000 students graduate from college and has awarded more than $104.7 million in scholarships. The ‘ONE Amazing Community’ gala will be an opportunity to honor our community’s outstanding contributions, perseverance, and commitment, which have allowed us to achieve our goals and transform the lives of so many students.” 

10,000 Degrees is unlocking student success at scale by giving more students equitable opportunities for a quality college education and career success. The most efficient and effective college success non-profit in the U.S., 10,000 Degrees brings a proven model, data-driven outcomes, and a seasoned leadership team to create educational opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. 

10,000 Degrees reaches over 16,000 students and families annually, including 4,200 college students attending universities and institutions across the nation. 10,000 Degrees provides comprehensive wraparound support, college and financial aid counseling, mentoring, scholarships, financial aid management, career readiness, and so much more. 

The 10,000 Degrees ‘ONE Amazing Community’ gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024, is open to the public. For additional information, ticket purchase, sponsorship opportunities, or to donate, please visit

‘ONE Amazing Community’ Gala Committee:

Gala Co-Chairs: Jenn Fay and Monica Mehra.

Gala Committee Members: Suzanne Badenhoop, Janelle Charles, Barbara Dalmau, Sandy Donnell, Ryan Fay, Guy Lampard, Sheila Larsen, Angela Mira, Susan Preston, Gabrielle Tierney, Jennifer Bing (event producer), and Kristin Swenson/Brilliancy (event graphics).

‘ONE Amazing Community’ Gala Sponsors:

ONE Degree of Change Sponsors: Jane and Herb Dwight.

Doctorate Sponsors: Carmen Castro-Franceschi and Greg Franceschi, Chandi Hospitality Group, Dodge & Cox, and IEQ Capital.

Master’s Sponsors: Suzanne Badenhoop and Guy Lampard, Graham and Talia Brandt, Susan and Mitch Cohen, County of Marin, Deborah Freed Goldman and Jonathan Goldman, Gruber Family Foundation, Sheila and Thomas Larsen, Drs. Denise M. Lucy and Françoise O. Lepage, Marin Community Foundation, Tracy Solomon, Sonoma County of Education, Denise and Mark Steele, Jamienne Studley and Gary Smith, and TPG Capital.

Bachelor’s Sponsors: Bank of America, Eric Bindelglass and Gabrielle Tierney, Chris Boyd, College of Marin, Sandy Donnell and Justin Faggioli, Judy and Jim Edgar, Rod and Luray Eshelman, Jenn & Ryan Fay, Vanessa Holton and Lloyd Aubry, Jr., Vikki and Derek Ku, Mechanics Bank, Monica Mehra and Clay Armistead, Toby and Susan Mumford, North Bay Business Journal/The Press Democrat, The Pasha Group, William Smith and Ann Aylwin, and Marty and Marlene Stein.

Associate’s Sponsors: Amy and Seth Barad, Jennifer Beckett and William P. Fuller, Pamela Cook and Paul Gietzel, The Dome Construction Foundation, David and Elaine Freed, Nancy and Tony Lilly, Stephanie O’Brien/Dovetail Decision Consultants, Inc., Poppy Bank, and Luis Silva Behrens and Keily Hernandez.