Rachel Sheinkop first joined the Rolfe Foundation in 2009, not long after losing her mother to pancreatic cancer. “When I first joined, everything was still incredibly raw,” Mrs. Sheinkop recalls, “but I couldn’t help but be drawn into the Foundation’s energy and camaraderie. The desire to help, to make a difference, really spoke to me.”
"[...] I couldn’t help but be drawn into the Foundation’s energy and camaraderie. The desire to help, to make a difference, really spoke to me.”
- Rachel Zucker- Sheinkop
To anyone familiar with Rachel’s contributions to the Foundation, that statement is a colossal understatement. For the past five years, Rachel has been one of the driving forces behind Rolfe’s annual casino night soiree, Bet on a Cure. She shepherded the event from modest roots as a game night in the suburbs, and transformed it into a major downtown fundraising event, as sophisticated as it is chic. Ever ambitious, this year Rachel helped oversee the next reimagining of Casino Night, a retooling of concept that resulted in the Foundation’s inaugural “night at the speakeasy,” Speak Out for a Cure – a change that was an unqualified success.
In other words: she has most certainly made a difference.
Last October, in the midst of Speak Out, long before the evening had ended, as dice tumbled and the band swelled, Rachel stood between her two smiling daughters, and glowed. “The energy in this room is a force,” she enthused. “This feeling, the drive – the desire to further Rolfe’s cause – it’s contagious! You can feel the hope.”
When credited for her massive contribution to that palpable optimism, Rachel laughed, and demurred. “Everyone has worked to make a difference,” she insisted. “That’s what makes Rolfe special.”
That, and people like Rachel.