Millennium Partners’ Sean Jeffries Receives City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award

SAN FRANCISCO (May 16, 2012) — The Spirit of Life® Award, City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, was given last night to Sean Jeffries of Millennium Partners in San Francisco at a standing-room-only benefit dinner which successfully met fundraising goals exceeding $470,000 for cancer and diabetes research at City of Hope. Presented annually by the Northern California Real Estate Council, the Spirit of Life Award recognizes outstanding business leadership and philanthropic achievements.

Former 49ers executive Carmen Policy interviewed Jeffries, a long-time acquaintance, about Millennium’s signature development projects that include Millennium Tower and the Four Seasons, as well as Jeffries’ community work in creating affordable housing in association with Glide Memorial. City of Hope Real Estate Council board president Richard Watkins, an executive of TMG Partners, gave the Spirit of Life award to Jeffries and later cajoled the crowd, “We’re locking the doors till we reach our goals,” and they did.

“I am proud to support City of Hope, an organization committed to finding a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jeffries. “It is a privilege to be part of this great industry and to see how our support is having a tremendous impact in the lives of patients and families everywhere.”

Jeffries joined Millennium Partners, the nationally recognized developer of mixed-use properties that integrate five-star hotels with luxury condominiums, in 1998. Millennium Partners has completed more than $3 billion of construction over the past decade with individual properties ranging in size from 500,000 to over 2 million square feet, and located in dynamic urban locations that include New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Millennium Partners’ unparalleled portfolio brings together luxury condominiums, state-of-the-art entertainment complexes, Class-A office space, world-class spa and fitness facilities, including Sports Club/LA, and five-star hotel brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Under Jeffries’ direction, Millennium Partners has expanded the firm’s real estate development operation on the west coast of the United States and completed over $1 billion of projects.

In addition to his extraordinary business leadership, Jeffries is the president of the Yerba Buena Alliance, a neighborhood organization dedicated to supporting the business and cultural offerings in the area such as museums, shopping destinations, hotels, residences, the Moscone Convention Center, and green open space. He actively supports the San Francisco chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a member of the Lambda Alpha Economic Fraternity.

“Sean Jeffries is a humanitarian and leader with extraordinary vision,” said Watkins. “It is fitting that he receives City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding contributions to the community and the profession.”

The exclusive Spirit of Life gala featured an emphasis on cancer prevention including fare based recipes from City of Hope’s Super Food Initiative. In addition, a silent auction included rare and hard to find wines along with exclusive vacation packages. Guests heard remarks from Dr. Melanie Palomares regarding the various prevention programs at City of Hope.

About The Real Estate & Construction Council

The 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 more than $3 million for City of Hope making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.

About Millennium Partners

Millennium Partners is a nationally recognized luxury real estate developer responsible for celebrated showcase developments that have transformed the surrounding neighborhoods into distinguished destinations. In 2001, the company made its mark in San Francisco with the opening of the first mixed-use development anchored by the Four Seasons Hotel, the sold-out Four Seasons Residences, the 100,000-square-foot Sports Club/LA, and retail space that fronts both Market Street and Yerba Buena Lane.

Other Millennium Partners San Francisco developments include the innovative entertainment center Metreon (in which Millennium recently sold its interest) and Yerba Buena Lane. Millennium’s commitment to San Francisco is further evidenced by the company’s support of the city’s cultural attractions. Millennium Partners was instrumental in the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s ongoing effort to build a new facility beginning 10 years ago, when the company helped plan the space for the museum. In July 2006 Millennium Partners gifted the museum 22,700 square feet of land abutting Four Seasons Hotel.

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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