East Bay Leadership Council’s Philanthropy Awards Breakfast Spotlights the East Bay Residents

East Bay Leadership Council’s Philanthropy Awards Breakfast Spotlights the East Bay Residents

On November 6, 2014, more than 250 business and civic leaders gathered at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville to see some outstanding East Bay individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations recognized for their efforts to make our communities more vibrant and caring. The East Bay Leadership Council’s Fourth Annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast has become one of the East Bay’s signature events marking the beginning of the year-end charitable giving season.

Setting the thoughtful tone of the day was a keynote presentation by retired NBA great Adonal Foyle adonalfoyle.com, who credited his grandmother with educating him that “we have to be of service to our neighbor.” Foyle is a Bay Area philanthropist and former Golden State Warriors star known for using basketball as a bridge to the next generation through the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which he founded in 2003. “We are among greatness,” he said of the event’s honorees. The day’s emcee was Ann Notarangelo, KPIX 5 Weekend Edition anchor. “Giving back is deeply woven into the social fabric of the East Bay,” said Janet Spears, interim president and CEO – and permanent chief operating officer – of the East Bay Community Foundation. “Together with the more than 500 individuals, families, corporations and other organizations we assist with their charitable giving, we offer our hearty congratulations to this year’s honorees.” The East Bay Community Foundation was a 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker Award.

“Between our donations and the generous volunteerism of our team members, Wells Fargo is helping communities get stronger,” said Robert Ceglio, president for the Mount Diablo Region of Wells Fargo. “I am inspired by the work we all do in our communities.” Wells Fargo has been the awards program’s presenting sponsor from the beginning and was the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award for over 500 employees.

All of the Philanthropy Award recipients spoke eloquently about their work. Here is the full list of Philanthropy Awards categories and award recipients.

• Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (500 employees and above): John Muir Health represented by Nancy Olson, chief governance and government affairs officer. Honored for contributing millions of dollars annually to support quality patient care and community health through partnership initiatives with community-based organizations. Health initiatives include (but are not limited to) Contra Costa Clubhouses, Operation Access, Healthy & Active Before 5 and Monument Impact.

• Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (100 to 500 employees): Nutiva , Richmond, Gretchen Grani, director of corporate giving and sustainability. Honored for donating 1 percent of sales of its organic super foods to sustainable agriculture, and a community outreach program for employees that has included a beach cleanup with the Watershed Project, planting urban gardens with Urban Tilth, delivering nutritious food for the Bay Area Rescue Mission and hosting a free basketball camp for Richmond youth.

• Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (1 to 99 employees): Broadway Plaza Shopping Center, Walnut Creek, represented by Tracy Deitlein, senior manager, marketing, and Shelly Dress, senior manager, property management. Honored for financial and volunteer staff support to nonprofit and community groups, including Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, the Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Wardrobe for Opportunity, One Warm Coat, Diablo Regional Arts Association, Project Open Hand, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and the city of Walnut Creek.

• Outstanding Philanthropist: Matt and Dana Croghan, Team KC , Livermore, whose daughter Korrine Croghan died from a rare form of cancer at the age of 14, honored for their inspiring humane and financial support of pediatric cancer patients and their families at Kaiser Oakland.

• Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker: Y&H Soda Foundation , Moraga, represented by Bob Uyeki, CEO. Honored for its annual commitment of over $5 million in grant funds to small and large nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The foundation’s impressive due diligence and strong technical and leadership support have enabled these organizations to improve their operations and services delivery. Nonprofits include Opportunity Junction, Volunteer Center of the East Bay, Rubicon Programs, SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa and others.

• Outstanding Collaborative Project: Kaiser Permanente – The Monument HEAL Zone Collaborative , represented by Marianne Balin, community benefit manager, Kaiser Permanente. Honored for its work with residents in Concord’s Monument community to reduce chronic health conditions by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity. The network of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, which is supported by Kaiser Permanente, includes Monument Impact, Healthy and Active Before 5, Contra Costa Childcare Council, Contra Costa Health Services and Wellness City Challenge.

• Volunteer of the Year: Susan Alice Grice of San Ramon, honored for dedicating long hours, after her regular day job, to serve as director of the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall Bedtime Reading Program . Grice reads stories, news and books to the young residents, in addition to recruiting, training and coordinating other reader volunteers.

• Next Generation Philanthropist: Kristi Conner, an 11-year-old Lafayette student, honored for her efforts to help the homeless in her community. A three-mile running event she created, Kids’ Run for SHELTER , has raised $20,000 for SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa , a nonprofit that provides resources and homes to East Bay families in need.

• Lifetime Achievement: Elaine Taylor, president and Board chair of The Taylor Family Foundation


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