The kindness and generosity of the American spirit is alive and well in the Sontag family. Originally from Southern California, Rick and Susan Sontag are working quietly to improve the lives of millions around the country.
Together they preside over The Sontag Foundation, a private family foundation based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For the past eleven years, The Sontag Foundation has partnered with the Arthritis National Research Foundation to completely fund a rheumatoid arthritis research grant.
A luncheon to honor Rick and Susan’s commitment to arthritis research was held on September 30th at the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Moved by the luncheon in their honor, Rick and Susan had a surprise of their own. “You have to come to us every year, requesting our support,” began Rick Sontag. “Instead of coming to us each year, Susan and I would like to bring you one check when we come out for the luncheon – for $1 million!”
“A gift of this size ensures there will be a Sontag Foundation Fellow for Rheumatoid Arthritis Research in perpetuity,” said Arthritis National Research Foundation board of director’s President, Kevin Donohue<. “This funding will enable us to support more arthritis research towards a cure.”
“My mother suffered the devastating effects of rheumatoid arthritis for over 35 years and it finally ended her life,” said Rick, explaining his family’s heartbreaking connection to this autoimmune disease.
Rick and Susan Sontag still have a special affinity for Long Beach and Southern California as both grew up there and are graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1960. Close with their family, Rick and Susan return frequently to visit the many family members and friends who still reside in Long Beach.