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10,000 Degrees Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Students Achieve Their Educational Dreams with Virtual Gala, “ONE Amazing Community”

San Rafael, Calif. (April 16, 2021)10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college in seven Bay Area counties, celebrates its 40th anniversary with ONE Amazing Community, a virtual gala at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The event recognizes the contributions of many in the community who have played a role in helping achieve educational equity, and who have supported students from low-income backgrounds achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates.

This year’s ONE Degree of Change honoree is Dr. Thomas Peters, President and CEO of Marin Community Foundation, who is being recognized for his decades-long contributions and support of 10,000 Degrees. “I’ve always thought of the staff and board of 10,000 Degrees as dream-weavers—encouraging, facilitating, nurturing the aspirations of people to reach for the stars,” said Dr. Peters. “It’s been one of the great privileges of my career to have been a supporter of this amazing enterprise.”

The ONE Amazing Community virtual gala program will also include an appearance from California State Senator Mark McGuire, keynote speeches by 10,000 Degrees students and alumni, and a spoken word performance from former 10,000 Degrees fellow and alumna Kaila Love.

“For the past 40 years, 10,000 Degrees has worked to ensure students from low-income backgrounds attend and graduate college, and positively impact their communities and the world. This past year, the pandemic has rocked our world and it has especially affected students from lower-income communities. Now more than ever, what we do at 10,000 Degrees is absolutely essential,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO. “At this year’s virtual gala, we’ll honor Dr. Thomas Peters, celebrate our amazing community, and toast to the four decades of 10,000 Degrees’ college graduates.”

More About ONE Amazing Community Gala

This year’s ONE Amazing Community gala co-chairs are Donna Seager and Sharon Segal. Other committee members include Jenn Acierto, Suzanne Badenhoop, Rosalyn Brandt, Barbara Dalmau, Sandy Donnell, Ryan Fay, Heidi Krahling, Kristin Lee Swenson, and Gabrielle Tierney.

ONE Amazing Community gala sponsors include the Marin Community Foundation (Valedictorian Sponsor), Dodge & Cox, and Redwood Credit Union (Doctorate Sponsors). Other major sponsors include Jay & Kären Abbe, Suzanne Badenhoop and Guy Lampard, Bank of Marin, Eric Bindelglass and Gabrielle Tierney, Graham and Talia Brandt, Brouwer & Janachowski, Susan and Mitchell Cohen, Herb and Jane Dwight, Jackson Family Wines, Inc., Keysight Technologies, Inc., Alison and Mike Mauzé, Medtronic, Jan O’Brien and Craig Hartman, Solano Dermatology, Sonoma County Office of Education, and Denise and Mark Steele.

For further information about the ONE Amazing Community virtual gala, or to donate, please visit www.oac2021.oneamazingnight.org.



10,000 Degrees celebrates 40 years of serving Bay Area students and families with a free virtual gala, ONE Amazing Community, on Saturday, April 24. Guests include Dr. Thomas Peters (President and CEO of Marin Community Foundation), California state senator Mark McGuire, and Kaila Love (spoken word performer and former 10,000 Degrees fellow and alumna.

WHERE: Online (more details here).


  • Saturday, April 24, 2021
  • 5 p.m. virtual cocktail reception / 5:30 p.m. program and celebration

WHO:  Virtual gala attendees include:

  • Thomas Peters, President and CEO of Marin Community Foundation
  • California State Senator Mark McGuire
  • Kaila Love, performer and 10,000 Degrees fellow and alumna
  • 10,000 Degrees students, alumni and staff

ADMISSION: Free (registration here).

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: For more information about 10,000 Degrees, the ONE Amazing Community virtual gala, or to request an interview with Dr. Thomas Peters or a 10,000 Degrees representative, please contact Alaina Yoakum at alaina.yoakum@10000degrees.org or at (415) 451-4019.

About 10,000 Degrees® 

10,000 Degrees® is a leading college success nonprofit in California that supports students from low-income backgrounds to and through college. 10,000 Degrees serves more than 10,000 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 alum 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, compared to 31% of their peers nationally. 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 seven Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara – and works in 28 high schools, 26 community colleges, and over 130 four-year colleges and universities across the nation. For more information about 10,000 Degrees, please visit www.10000degrees.org.