Throughout my life I have always thought what I did was not enough and I could do better. Being a recipient of the Bill Russell Scholarship Recipient has changed my whole mindset and boosted my confidence. I am so grateful.
Quaylin, UC Berkeley Student

Conquer Cancer: Close to Home

Unfortunately, due to continued complications of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not yet ready to comfortably gather as we have in the past, and so this years 2021 Red and White Ball is formally cancelled.

Funds we’ve raised at past events have primarily focused on leading-edge cancer research and support for oncology Clinical Trials… this is even more important in 2021. While we all sheltered in place for months, Cancer did not quarantine itself during this pandemic.

Cancer was not postponed or delayed. Symptoms, scans and biopsies were diagnosed, while families gathered to hear the devastating news. Cancer did not wait, and we won’t either.

We are thrilled to share that John Muir Health is partnering with UCSF, and just broke ground on a new comprehensive Cancer Center in Walnut Creek, close to home for those we love who will fight for their lives. So many families are impacted by cancer; and you likely know someone close to you that has fought this battle as well.

This new UCSF-JMH Cancer Center will open in February of 2024 as a world-class, local HUB for cancer care and research, and the Summit Bank Foundation is establishing a “Conquer Cancer: Close to Home” Fund with a lead donation of $10,000 for this cause.

Consider what you would’ve given to the Red & White Ball and please give this same amount to continue our support for extraordinary cancer diagnosis, treatment, and research… right here!

Click the Donate Link in the Menu Above!

Summit Bank Foundation Supports Hospitals With Meal Deliveries

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summit Bank Foundation has responded by giving back to health care workers who give so much to us. Over 1000 meals have been provided to front-line bay area workers, and planning to provide over 10,000 total in the coming weeks.

In addition to feeding those fighting the pandemic, we also strive to provide support to local, small businesses including Kinder’s BBQ (Walnut Creek), Sunrise Bistro (Walnut Creek), Skipolini’s Pizza, Canesa’s Brooklyn Heros, and Home of Chicken and Waffles (Oakland) to deliver these meals.

Summit Bank Foundation has received generous donations from several of our supporters for the sole purpose of helping our health care workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe.

All raised proceeds will fund meals delivered to healthcare workers at hospitals. We are planning to deliver meals to the following locations over the next 30 days:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland
  • Highlands Hospital, Oakland
  • John Muir Hospital, Oakland
  • Kaiser Hospital, Oakland
  • Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Santa Clara
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland
  • UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital
  • UCSF Mount Zion Hospital
  • UCSF Parnassus Hospital
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

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Summit Bank Foundation’s Chairman named ICBA Community Banker of the Year

Shirley Nelson, Chairman of the Summit Bank Foundation, recently was named the ICBA Community Banker of the Year. “Shirley Nelson has built a nearly 50-year career doing two things she loves—community banking and giving back to her community. And she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.”

> Read more on Independent Banker’s website

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Medical Advisory Council Member Elected by The National Academy of Sciences

Frank McCormick, PhD, David A. Wood Distinguished Professor of Tumor Biology and Cancer Research, and member of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Council, was elected in recognition by The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Read more about their election in this UCSF news story.