Better Makers: Guide Dogs for the Blind and a Special Education Car Raffle Bring the Community Together

During these difficult times, giving back is more important than ever. Here are two groups in the community working hard to keep everyone taken care of during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Raises Over $400,000 with International Support

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Celebrating the power of canine human connection.

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Virtual Holiday Celebration helped raise funds for its life-changing mission that empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people who are visually impaired and highly qualified guide dogs. Over 2,500 Guide Dogs for the Blind supporters across the globe registered for the event held on December 6, 2020. There was a virtual red carpet that featured a special appearance by actor Noah Wyle followed by inspiring stories of guide dog teams from across North America. The event was hosted by Emmy Award-winning radio and TV personality Liam Mayclem and Theresa Stern, VP of Outreach, Admissions and Alumni Services, and her guide dog Wills. Suburban Auto Group was the presenting sponsor. Visit their website to learn how you can contribute to their ongoing efforts and initiatives.

Dedication to Special Education‘s Car Raffle Generates $72,500 for Special Education Programs in Marin County

Toyota Benefit Raffle

Funding programs that help all special needs children in Marin reach their educational potential.

Dedication to Special Education is the volunteer parent group that raises funds for special education programs in Marin County. The drawing for their 16th annual Car Raffle Benefit, in partnership with Toyota Marin, was held virtually on February 6, 2021. Toyota Marin, a Price Family Dealership, completely donated the prize, a 2021 Hybrid Toyota RAV4. Each raffle ticket cost $25 and the event ended up generating $72,500 . All proceeds fund grants for special educators, where resources are placed directly into public classrooms all over Marin County as well as the Technology Resource of Marin, a special education school in San Rafael. Although the event is over, they graciously accept donations year round. Visit their website to learn how you can contribute to their mission. 

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Sabrina Tuton-Filson is the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.