City of Hope honors industry giants

The stage of the 2012 City of Hope “Spirit of Life” event featured one brand new honoree, several more industry icons and 30 years of memories for the hardware/homebuilding group.

The man of the hour was Ray Griffith, Ace Hardware CEO and this year’s honoree who drew applause with his comment on the importance of social missions for all business, beyond market share and profit margins. “[Corporations] should possess a soul and a commitment to leave something behind that has a chance to help make the world a better place,” he said.

There was no shortage of big names on hand, as former Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus played master of ceremonies for the 2012 event that raised $770,000.

City of Hope is a California-based treatment and research facility — soon to celebrate its 100th year — dedicated to finding cures and new treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

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