Annual fundraiser a success

Photo Courtesy Of Abilities United

Sara Jenez of Mountain View joins Molly and Jeramy Hale of Menlo Park at Abilities United’s Nov. 13 fundraiser.

Abilities United’s 19th Annual Authors Luncheon drew a crowd of 600 book lovers from the Bay Area Nov. 13, raising more than $220,000 to benefit program participants.

The Palo Alto-based Abilities United is a United Way Agency and a not-for-profit organization for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities who live in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each year, more than 2,000 people of all ages and abilities and their families benefit from the group’s children’s development, family support, adult and aquatic services.

As part of the event, Abilities United showcases its students’ artwork, an exhibition managed by Los Altos residents Mike Abrams and Paula Rini for the fourth consecutive year. Los Altos resident Michele Greenfield, Abilities United’s coordinator of special events, managed volunteers who helped organize the fundraiser.

Held at Palo Alto’s Crowne Plaza Cabaña, four authors – Mac Barnett, Julia Glass, Simon Winchester and Mary Roach – shared stories at the luncheon about the inspirations for their books.

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