Rainmaker Awards

Pictured (from left to right) are Susan Houghton, Janeen Rubino-Brumm, Kathy Layman and Debi Zentner.

Sunflower Hill recognized its founder, Susan Houghton, with their 2019 Rainmaker Award. The award was presented at the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year, Moonlight in the Vines, held on July 12 at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery.

As Board President for the past seven years, Susan’s passion, dedication, and creativity transformed Sunflower Hill into the thriving organization that it is today. “The 2019 Sunflower Hill Board of Directors and staff are thrilled to honor our founder, Susan Houghton,” said Board President, Kathy Layman. “Susan’s efforts, vision, and leadership have created a vibrant and successful nonprofit organization dedicated to serving intellectually and developmentally disabled adults throughout the Tri-Valley.”

A rainmaker is an individual who causes rain to fall, however, this term is also commonly used to describe individuals who make change happen and are a force for good. The Rainmaker Award honors community leaders, individuals and entities who have been that force for Sunflower Hill and the clients they serve. Since 2017, the Rainmaker Award has been presented to Alameda County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty, the City of Livermore, Pleasanton City Council Member Kathy Narum and last year, the City of Pleasanton.

Sunflower Hill is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating residential communities along with educational and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities. In May 2019, the organization broke ground on Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton. Located within the Irby Ranch Homestead development by Meritage Homes, this innovative residential community will offer 31 units for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. Sunflower Hill is dedicated to developing unique educational and vocational programming for adults with developmental disabilities to ensure a full and productive life. These programs include the Sunflower Hill Gardens located at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore and Sunflower Hill at the Stable Café at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

For additional information on Sunflower Hill, visit sunflowerhill.org.