Best of the County and Beyond 2021: Philanthropy

The best charities, fundraisers and organizations to support to make a positive impact in the community.

Best Charity

Marin: Lifehouse Agency, San Rafael

lifehouse agency

Meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families is the life’s work for everyone involved — their dedication is life-changing.

Runners Up

Marin: 10,000 Degrees, San Rafael


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Best Fundraiser

Marin: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

This is not just an annual gala, but also events that get kids involved — Bowl for Kids’ Sake and Golf for Kids’ Sake — make raising funds more inclusive and sporty.

Bay Area: Cabernet for Connoisseurs by Family House, San Francisco

With Debbie Zachareas, owner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants, and Mourad Lahlou, owner and chef at Mourad, on the event committee, the fall fundraising event for Family House goes all-in on gourmet.

Runners Up

Marin: Halleck Creek Ranch, Nicasio

Bay Area: Day In The Park, Livermore


Best Family Give-Back Opportunity

Marin: Adopt-a-Family, San Rafael

Adopt a Family

Protecting struggling families in our community from homelessness is more important now than ever before.

Runners Up

Marin: Health Hubs

Visit our Best of the County winners page for more.

Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s 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.