The Italian-themed event, hosted by City of Hope’s NHFI Eastern Committee, brought together over 160 of the home furnishings industry's power hitters in support of groundbreaking research in cancer and diabetes.
Pictured above are Bill Benton, honoree Connie Post, Jena Hall, honoree Mike Massood
and Edward Massood. Photo by Tommy Leflein. Additional photos below.
The National Home Furnishings Industry’s (NHFI) Taste of Hope, Italia event honoring Mike Massood, Sr., co-founder of MGM Transport, and Connie Post, of Connie Post International, on Saturday, September 29, 2012 was a tremendous success, raising more than $85,000 for City of Hope.
The Italian-themed event, hosted by City of Hope’s NHFI Eastern Committee, brought together over 160 of the home furnishings industry's power hitters in support of groundbreaking research in cancer and diabetes. Industry luminaries Neil Goldberg of Raymour & Flanigan, Simon Kaplan of Crest Furniture and Joe Bograd joined Furniture Hall of Fame honorees Jena Hall and Kevin O’Connor for an evening of mingling for the cause. Highlights of the event included live entertainment, delicious Italian cuisine and a live auction featuring a business lunch with Simon Kaplan, last year’s East Coast Region’s 1st honoree and a fishing excursion with Joe Cory, Sr. of Cory 1st Home delivery, a past Spirit of Life national honoree for City of Hope.
“The $85,000 raised pushed the annual giving for the National Home Furnishings Industry group for the 2012 year to $2.5 million”, said Patrick Cory, chairman of the region. “This event, and all the efforts of the National Home Furnishings Industry, supports City of Hope’s innovative research, exceptional patient care and guiding humanitarian principals.” For information on future NHFI events, please visit www.cityofhope.org/nhfi
About City of Hope: City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Southern California and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.
Above: Brad Pyne, Kevin O’Connor, Neil Goldberg, Andy Gans, Tommy Leflein
Above: Connie Post and Mike Massood
Above: Mike Massood, George Massood and Eddie Massood
Above: Simon Kaplan, Patrick Cory, Tommy Leflein, Larry Young
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