A native of Amarillo, Texas, and graduate of UCLA, Susan is entering her 10th season as the sole majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats. Susan and her late husband, Art Savage, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 23-year absence.
Susan was the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year in 2012, with a nomination as Minor League Baseball's Female Executive of the Year, as well. She has also been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the Leaders of the Year. Susan serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, River Cats Foundation, Crocker Art Museum, and the Sacramento Host Breakfast Committee.
Her vision, as was Art's, is to offer the best fan experience possible and to make customer service the top priority. Susan and the River Cats family strive, on a daily basis, to make Raley Field the number one venue for entertainment in the Sacramento area.
Susan's two sons, Jeff and Brent, are both River Cats employees.
Judy Pickett, a middle school teacher from the Sacramento area, is literally running for her life. She is also running for the lives of survivors and victims of the leading cause of death among women ages 40-59 years – breast cancer.
In February of 1997, at the age of 33 and nine months after giving birth to her third child, Judy Pickett was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Her treatment included a mastectomy, eight months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. Part of her mental rehabilitation included running, an outlet that spurred a truly inspirational crusade.
In May of 1998, five months after completing chemotherapy, Pickett ran in her first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Sacramento. Although it was her first race in over two years, she finished in a respectable time and her mission was born. Shortly after, Pickett vowed to run 100 different races benefiting breast cancer awareness and research throughout the United States.
In June of 1999, she had her first recurrence and another surgery. Two months after surgery, she ran ten races in ten weeks winning the survivor division eight times. In August of 2001, Judy had a second recurrence and was treated with surgery and an additional four months of chemotherapy. While undergoing treatment she ran three races and carried the Olympic Torch for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
In May 2004, Judy completed her 100th race and has now set a new goal to run in all 50 states and take her mission internationally. With 156 races under her belt, Judy Pickett has run with over 2 million participants, including 250,000 survivors; in 46 states.
In addition, Pickett and her husband Tod, started the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund to provide hope and education for underprivileged and uninsured women in the greater Sacramento area. The Fund has given out $110,000 in scholarships to high school seniors who have had their lives touched by cancer.
Judy was named one of eight running “Heroes” by Runner's World magazine for 2004. She was selected as the 2003 Suzy Award winner by the Komen Foundation for her commitment to the breast cancer cause as well as the sport of running. Judy was the 2002 recipient of the Outstanding Young Californian award for her community service work, and the 2010 Ruby Award winner by Soroptimist International. Judy has been featured in Runner's World, Self, Redbook, Coping, MAMM, Cure, and Sports Illustrated for Women magazines. She has been in a national Ford TV commercial for Race for the Cure and RE/Max Realty.
You can visit her website at www.pinkribbonrunning.org for more information and race results.
Eve Bukowski is incredibly honored to have been included as a “Survivor of the Year” by the amazing and inspiring team at the American Cancer Society. She has been fighting Stage 4 colon cancer for close to 11 years, with only one brief period of remission. Diagnosed in January of 2008, Eve has utilized just about every means of fighting this serious disease. She has undergone 54 surgeries, 5 separate rounds of radiation, tried every chemo that has been created for colon cancer, and has participated in 3 different immunotherapy clinical trials.
She is a tireless advocate of colon cancer screening and prevention, working closely with and championing a team of friends and family who participate in the Get Your Rear in Gear fundraising initiative. She writes frequently about her cancer journey and has raised awareness of colon cancer through her personal blog, which has been read and shared by thousands of people worldwide. Eve sits on the Sierra Nevada & Central Valley Area Board for the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. She has received several awards for advocacy including being recognized by Amgen as one of its 2014 Breakaway from Cancer Champions and most recently being named as a 2018 “Star of Advocacy” for the Chronic Care Coalition.
Eve’s professional life is closely aligned with her values and desire for us to quickly and definitively find a cure for cancer. At the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), where she has worked since early 2013, she and her team focus on state government relations advocacy and outreach to promote innovation in biotechnology and patient access.
Thanks to her unique point of view as a longtime patient herself, Eve is now taking on the broader responsibilities of serving as the face for her partners in the life sciences industry. This position will entail speaking before members of the legislature, key stakeholders (such as labor, providers, patient organizations, and industry trade groups) and the media on behalf of the industry.
Eve has a long history of holding senior level advocacy positions and had originally planned to practice law before she realized that her true passion was in government relations on behalf of industries that have global impact. Eve is a member of the California State Bar and holds a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law and bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College.
But, most importantly to Eve, and the reason she feels she is alive today, is her family. Eve has been married to her husband, Patrick, for more than 20 years. Together they are raising their 15-year-old twin children, Elie and Ariel and sweet Yorkshire Terrier, Toto.
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