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Benefit raises $275K for homeless services

LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network), the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that serves people who are homeless, raised $275,000 during its annual benefit breakfast Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame.

Half of the contributions came from guests in the room and the rest from matching contributions by the nonprofit's board members.

Remarks were given by Tammie Sweetser, who, over two decades ago, stayed in one of the shelters operated by the organization while a young, single mother. Now, she works at the San Mateo County Human Services Agency, in the department that grants funding to organizations like LifeMoves.

Keynote speakers Sarah Rosencrantz and Sam Greenberg, who as Harvard undergraduates, did internships at LifeMoves, talked about their journey to launch their own homeless shelter for youth in Harvard Square in Massachusetts last year.

According to event attendee Cathy Paniagua, a staff member at Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, which contributes volunteering and funding to LifeMoves, the event was "worth getting up at 5 a.m. for."

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