Highlighting Philanthropy: Sue Rainey

By Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager
Sue Rainey
(Photo Credit: Amy Sullivan)

As we prepare for the most inspiring day on the Council's calendar, we wanted to highlight an honoree a day leading up to the 5th Annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast.

First up, is this year's winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Rainey.

Sue has contributed several lifetimes worth of leadership to the Cancer Support Community (CSC) and the entire East Bay region.

Sue began volunteering with CSC over 20 years ago. She sat on several committees, joined the Board of Directors, and finally served as Board Chair. When CSC grew to serve over 1,000 people each year, Sue chaired the capital campaign to purchase their current center. Now that the Center is serving over 2,000 people facing cancer annually, Sue is co-chairing the capital campaign to develop a new state-of-the-art cancer support center in the East Bay. Her leadership also initiated CSC’s counseling and education programs for children and teens who are coping with cancer, which serves over 100 families each year.

Sue has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations and worthy causes including the Cancer Support Community, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Association, STAND!, Diablo Regional Arts Association, the East Bay Leadership Council, and the American Heart Association.

Sue has also provided leadership for many community and civic organizations. A partial listing of her remarkable roles and accomplishments includes public service as an elected Councilmember and Mayor of both the Town of Moraga and City of Walnut Creek and countless other boards while in elected office including the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), President of California LAFCO, President of the Contra Costa County Special Districts Association, and the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. Additional significant community service leadership has included serving as President of the East Bay Leadership Council and President of the St. Mary’s College Board of Regents. Sue is also a founder and active member of the women’s networking group Tuesday Forum.

Sue inspires others to give by committing her time, energy, and talent without asking for anything in return. Sue embodies civic and philanthropic leadership. The East Bay is a better place to live because of her tireless efforts.

The East Bay Leadership Council is proud to honor Sue Rainey with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast.

There is still time to register for Awards and help us honor Sue.

Registration closes on Friday, November 6 at 5PM: http://bit.ly/1GnSRlt