Chris Meany of Wilson Meany Receives City of Hope Spirit of Life Award at Benefit Dinner Raising Record $850,000 for Research

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SAN FRANCISCO (April 30, 2014) — The Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, was given Apr. 29 to Chris Meany of Wilson Meany in San Francisco at a standing-room-only benefit dinner which broke a record for the decades-old event, raising $850,000 for cancer and diabetes research at City of Hope. Presented annually by the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council, the Spirit of Life Award recognizes outstanding business leadership and philanthropic achievements.

Former 49ers executive Carmen Policy interviewed Meany onstage in a discussion about the honoree’s 30-year real estate career and philanthropic efforts. Speaker Dr. Linda Malkas PhD gave the packed, hushed crowd a very personal view of the City of Hope’s unique and effective approach in battling life-threatening diseases through research and speedy bedside application.

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Chris Meany, right, accepts the City of Hope Spirit of Life award from Real Estate & Construction Council Board President Drew Gordon of Hudson Pacific Properties Apr. 29 as over 800 attendees gathered in San Francisco, raising a record $850,000 for medical research.

“Real estate at its best is about helping people have rich, full lives, and that’s similar to what the City of Hope does, though in much more rarified air,” said Meany.

“Chris Meany and his colleagues have had a tremendous impact on the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and is an exemplary recipient of the Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding contributions to the community and the profession,” said Real Estate & Construction Council President Drew Gordon of Hudson Pacific Properties.

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Chris Meany, right, the City of Hope Spirit of Life honoree, talked with former 49ers executive Carmen Policy onstage in San Francisco Apr. 29 about Meany’s 30 year career and the cancer-fighting mission of City of Hope.

Meany has been executing innovative urban infill developments in California since 1985. Among his landmark projects are the Ferry Building, Flood Building, One Powell, and 140 New Montgomery in San Francisco, and Broadway Pointe in Walnut Creek. He has also developed a number of high density residential projects in the Bay Area. Presently, he leads the redevelopment of Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, and co-manages (with Lennar) the redevelopment of Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Top financial sponsors for the dinner include Colliers International, Gibson Dunn, Kilroy Realty Company, Stockbridge Capital, Wilson Meany, Cushman Wakefield, Plant Construction, Webcor Builders, Yardi Systems, Cassidy Turley, Cornish & Carey, DivcoWest, Equity Office, HOK, Hudson Pacific, Langan Treadwell Rollo, Lennar Urban, Nishkian Menninger, Paul Hastings, TMG Partners, Townsend Management, Allen Matkins, AmWins Insurance, Brereton Architects, Coblenz Patch Duffy & Bass, Conger Moss Guillard, Decker Electric, Eastdil Secured, GF Bunting, Knoll, Malcom, Millenium Partners, Nibbi Construction, Perkins & Will, Real Foundations and TriPointe Homes.

About City of Hope’s Real Estate & Construction Council
City of Hope’s Real Estate & Construction Council (REC) was founded in 1986 when a banquet was arranged by a group of real estate and construction industry leaders to honor Dan Costello, Bank of America’s former executive vice president of its corporate real estate division. Throughout its history, the Real Estate & Construction Council has brought together a cross section of industries representing real estate and construction professionals, brokers, building owners, developers and consultants on behalf of a single philanthropic goal: supporting the lifesaving treatment and compassionate care of City of Hope. To date, the Real Estate & Construction Council has raised nearly $4 million for City of Hope making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.

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 or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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