Beacon of Light Award Honoree



Suzanne Sharer and Bob McDaniel

South Bay Automation


The Beacon of Light Award honors a business or individuals who show exemplary dedication and commitment throughout the year to Walk With Sally’s programs and services to support children and families impacted by cancer.

We are proud to honor local South Bay power team Suzanne Sharer & Bob McDaniel, who have tirelessly worked behind-the-scenes since 2010 volunteering their time, fundraising, and giving philanthropically through their business, South Bay Automation – a Smart-home electronics integration company based in Manhattan Beach.

Bob was initially drawn to WWS through his own personal story, as his mother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11-years-old. “It’s been an opportunity for me to give back financially, but also through time and effort, to an organization that is doing something I wish I had when I was that 11-year-old kid.”  Suzanne has a long history of philanthropic work as well as a strong sense of volunteerism. She found that Walk With Sally struck a chord because the organization provides the opportunity to create an environment where children don’t have to go through loss on their own.  Being a small part of this [community] “is incredibly gratifying – it brings great joy and fulfillment, and never feels like work. It’s a privilege.”

Bob and Suzanne have provided ongoing support for White Light White Night and the Friendship Bowl since 2010 and South Bay Automation has been a partner and supporter of White Light White Night for 3 years. They both also serve on Walk With Sally’s Advisory Board. Bob and Suzanne’s overall impact on the organization has been tremendous. Says Nick Arquette, Founder and CEO of Walk With Sally, “What Bob and Suzanne have meant to this organization cannot be overstated. Their love, passion and drive for our mission has allowed us to grow by leaps and bounds.”

Walk With Sally is proud and grateful to be furthering this partnership by presenting our Beacon of Light Award to Suzanne Sharer and Bob McDaniel for 2017.