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City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Dinner Breaks Records

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Above: Past, present and future City of Life Honorees. From top row, left: Chuck Nader; Kevin O'Connor; Joseph Cory, Sr.; George Tsai; Pedro Capo; Michael Amini; Martin Ploy; Simon Kaplan. Bottom Row: Roger Friesen; Norman Waxman; Bobby Papzian; Carlos Capo; Larry Klaben; Jena Hall; Michael Huber; David Heard; Ron Wanek; Bill Colegrove.

Above: Congratulating Bob Sherman from Serta Mattress Company (far right), the 2012 Spirit of Life honoree, are Kevin O'Connor, Spirit of Life Award Dinner Chair and Barbara Bradford.

Above: Congratulating Jeff Seaman from Rooms To Go (far right), the 2012 City of Hope honoree are Kevin O'Connor (left), Spirit of Life Award Dinner Chair, and Joseph Cory, Sr. (center).

City of Hope announced that its 2012 Spirit of Life® dinner honoring industry leaders, Jeff Seaman of Rooms To Go and Bob Sherman of Serta Mattress Company, raised a record-breaking $1.5 million. More than 800 attendees packed the sold-out ballroom at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro on Sunday, April 22 to pay tribute to the honorees and the groundbreaking research City of Hope undertakes in the fight against cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.

In tribute to more than 45 years’ partnership with the National Home Furnishings Industry, Dr. Michael A. Friedman, MD, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope, was on hand to give the evening’s keynote address. Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs, and Roger Friesen of Casana Furniture, co-chairs of the National Home Furnishings Industry initiative for City of Hope, were featured in the program, as was Spirit of Life dinner chairman Kevin O’Connor of Samson Marketing.

Earlier in the evening a VIP reception was held to celebrate the 2012 honorees and their teams along with past, present, and future City of Hope honorees. During the reception, Patrick Cory of Cory Companies was presented as the 2012 City of Hope Volunteer of the Year.

“We are so proud of this industry’s record-breaking support for City of Hope,” said Jena Hall. “It was inspiring to see so many industry titans celebrate Jeff and Bob’s enormous contributions to cure the diseases that affect all of our families.”

To view photos of the event, visit http://www.cityofhope.org/giving/fundraising-support-groups/nhfi/spirit-of-life.

About National Home Furnishings Industry: Founded in 1965 by a group of industry leaders who wanted to help fund the search for a cure to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the National Home Furnishings Industry has grown to include representatives from all facets of the industry including retail, manufacturing and publishing. To date, the industry has raised more than $45 million for City of Hope. For more information, visit http://www.cityofhope.org/giving/fundraising-support-groups/nhfi.

About Rooms to Go: Rooms To Go Corporation is America’s #1 independent furniture company with the nation’s largest furniture inventory. With more than 140 locations, the company offers stylish furniture at everyday low prices, original room packages, superior service and fast delivery. The retailer is also the leader in children’s furniture through its Rooms To Go Kids chain and offers the widest array of themed room packages for children in the United States. For more information about the company, visit www.roomstogo.com.

About Serta: Serta is a bedding brand leader and the manufacturer of the best selling premium mattress in America, the Serta Perfect Sleeper®, the revolutionary new iComfort® Sleep System, the upscale Perfect Day® collection and the luxurious Trump Home™ Mattress Collection. As the leading provider of mattresses to the hospitality industry, Serta partners with hotel groups such as Hilton Hotels, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Bellagio Hotel, Wyndham Hotels, Omni Hotels, Choice Hotels, Accor Hotels and many more. Serta has 23 U.S. and 4 Canadian manufacturing plants. In addition, Serta is distributed internationally in 60 other countries. With its worldwide network, Serta is able to respond quickly to customers’ needs while still preserving strict control standards to ensure the highest quality products. For more information, visit www.serta.com.

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 located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, 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 http://www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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