In Orlando, a Spirit of Life kick off

It was a busy year for fundraising for City of Hope in the hardware and homebuilding industry. And it’s about to get busier.

The traditional City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Reception will attract industry executives from around the country to Orlando, Fla., Jan. 8, on the eve of the International Builders’ Show. The Golf and Gala event will celebrate a year in which $3 million was raised for the Duarte, Calif.-based world-famous cancer research and treatment center.

According to Matt Dodd, senior executive director of corporate philanthropy for City of Hope, “The Spirit of Life Golf and Gala in January are the kick off events for each fundraising year,” he said. “For the 2018 City of Hope fundraising campaign honoring Behr Process Corp. and Jeff Filley, we have the goal to raise $3.5 million.”

Raising millions of dollars to fight diseases including but not limited to cancer is par for the course for the hardware and homebuilding industry. In the past 35 years, some $155 million has been raised for City of Hope, as the Spirit of Life award recognized many of the biggest names in home improvement.

Last year, the recognition went to the family ownership of the Atlanta-based Quikrete Cos.—Jack, Dennis and Jim Winchester. 

Quikrete and the 2018 Spirit of Life honoree – Behr Process Corp. and Jeff Filley – join a long list of influential industry executives who led the fundraising charge  for the year. On the list are Bernie Marcus (1986); Maggie Hardy Magerko (2006), and Robert Strickland and Leonard Herring (1983).

The hardware and homebuilding industry has several events planned for rest of the year, including some new ones – such as a fundraising Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park in Southern California.

“We hope over the course of the year, we’ll be able to add a handful of more new events and/or fundraising programs,” Dodd said. The Spirit of Life event sets the tone for the year. “If all continues to go well, $700,000 will be raised from the Spirit of Life Golf and Gala.”