Susan, Katie and Jeff Rona

Celebrating Susan Rona: A Shining Star at the Boulder Chamber’s “Women Who Light The Community” Event

Last Wednesday night’s Boulder Chamber Women Who Light The Community event was a celebration of women who have dedicated their time, passion, and energy to make Boulder a better place. Among the remarkable honorees, one name stood out – Susan Rona. Introduced by her daughter Katie Rona, Susan was honored for her tireless volunteer work for Boulder nonprofits, with a special focus on her invaluable contributions to the Boulder JCC. 

The Women Who Light The Community event, organized annually by the Boulder Chamber, honors the incredible women who have illuminated the Boulder community with their selfless dedication and unwavering commitment. It is an evening filled with gratitude, inspiration, and stories that remind us all of the incredible impact one person can have on a community.

Susan Rona, a self-proclaimed “volunteer junkie” was the embodiment of the event’s spirit. Her introduction by her daughter, Katie, was a touching moment that illustrated the profound impact a mother’s passion for community service can have on her children. Susan’s journey as a volunteer began long before she was recognized at the Women Who Light The Community event. Her involvement in various Boulder nonprofits, including the Rose Community Foundation and the Tara Performing Arts High School, has touched countless lives. However, it was her commitment to the Boulder JCC that truly distinguished her as an outstanding community leader.

The Boulder JCC plays a pivotal role in promoting Jewish culture, education, and community building in Boulder. Susan’s connection with the JCC was deeply personal, driven by her belief in the power of community to create positive change. Her contributions to the JCC are nothing short of remarkable. Through her roles at the Boulder JCC including Board Chair, Capital Campaign Co-Chair ($30+M campaign), and Senior Director of Programming, she has deeply impacted the community. Reflecting one of her goals during the Campaign, the JCC has become a central gathering place for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect and build relationships. 

The Women Who Light The Community event served as a poignant reminder that one person’s commitment to making the world a better place can have a profound impact on an entire community. Susan’s journey is a source of inspiration for all, reminding us that each of us has the potential to light the way for others and make our communities shine brighter.

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