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Spirit of Life award dinner raises $1.8 million for City of Hope

Annual City of Hope benefit gala honors industry leaders

City of Hope awardKevin O’Connor, L, Samson Marketing; Farida Kathwari; Farooq Kathwari, Ethan Allen Global, Inc.; Richard Feng, Markor Group; Iris Liu, Mark Feng, Robert Stone, City of Hope; Chuck Reilly, AICO.
LOS ANGELES — The Spirit of Life award dinner honoring two furniture industry leaders raised more than $1.8 million for City of Hope, held in Greensboro, N.C., on April 17.

Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen, and Richard Feng, founder, chairman and CEO of Markor Group, received the City of Hope’s highest accolade, presented annually to industry leaders in recognition of their outstanding personal, professional and philanthropic achievements.

City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Its breakthrough research has led to therapies that have benefited millions of people worldwide.

“We are at the dawn of momentous breakthroughs in how we prevent, treat, and cure, cancer and diabetes,” said Robert Stone, president and CEO of City of Hope. “We are grateful for the partnership and dedication of this year’s honorees, Mr. Kathwari and Mr. Feng, for their tremendous outreach and personal support of our research programs.”

"It is a great honor to receive The Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope together with my good friend Richard Feng,” said Kathwari. “City of Hope is making groundbreaking research discoveries in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Feng added, “To me, City of Hope represents a greater hope for those battling cancer. As a global industry, we have the opportunity to make a deep impact on research that helps patients and their families worldwide.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, Bart Roep, M.D., Ph.D., world-renowned diabetes immunologist and new to City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, spoke about the organization’s vision for discovering cures for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Chuck Reilly, executive vice president at AICO, announced the industry group’s new name, the International Home Furnishings Industry, reflecting the diversity and global footprint of the industry’s support for City of Hope.

Also at the event, City of Hope surprised John Haste, Surya, with the Volunteer of the Year award for his leadership in creating the inaugural Atlanta Market day of giving for City of Hope. K

evin O’Connor, former president of Samson Marketing, chairs the organization’s annual Spirit of Life Award Dinner campaign, responsible for leading the fundraising efforts within the industry and honoree companies.

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