SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 2018 City of Hope gala campaign honoring Yat-Pang Au, CEO of Veritas Investments with the Spirit of Life® Award, raised $1 million for the national research hospital’s fight against cancer and life-threatening diseases. Organized by the Northern California Real Estate Council, this year’s event was led by Platinum Sponsors: Carmel Partners, Eastdil Secured, Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski, Qatalyst Partners, Veritas, Elizabeth & Brian Cayne, and Dr. Sik-Kee & Mandy Au; and Gold Sponsors: AEC Alarms, Columbia Property Trust, DWS, Deutsche Bank Securities, HFF, Legion Corporation, Lighthouse Public Affairs, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Maximus Real Estate Partners, Nevell Group, Paul Hastings LLP, Plant Construction Company, Prologis Foundation, PwC and Unicorn Consulting. Media sponsors were the San Francisco Business Times and The Registry.
The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor and is presented each year to industry leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement.
“The annual Spirit of Life Celebration is one of the real estate industry’s biggest charity events. Raising $1 million will enable the City of Hope to make even more progress in their fight against cancer,” said David Dowdney, the Northern California Real Estate Council’s board chair and SVP-Columbia Property Trust.
Added Yat-Pang Au, “I’m honored and humbled to receive the Spirit of Life award but really accepted it on behalf of an amazing all-hands effort starting with my team at Veritas Investments and so many companies and individuals who stepped up. And it was truly inspiring to hear from City of Hope leaders Dr. Yuman Fong and Dr. Saul Priceman.”
Among the many Spirit of Life honorees since 1986 are Craig Allison, Andy Ball, Carol Bartz, Kofi Bonner, Michael Covarrubias, Oz Erickson, Rick Holliday, Sean Jeffries, Eli Khouri, Rik Kunnath, Peter Magowan, Chris Meany, Hamid Moghadam, Constance B. Moore, Larry Pace, and Ron Zeff.
About the Real Estate Council for City of Hope
Since its inception in 1978, the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council has demonstrated its commitment to City of Hope and its mission of combining science with soul to work miracles. Joined by hundreds of companies and colleagues who participate in annual fundraising campaigns, these dedicated individuals have raised more than $40 million through real estate industry events in Northern California, Los Angeles and Chicago to support the lifesaving research, treatment, and education programs at City of Hope.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. It 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, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.