Nearly 700 industry executives and City of Hope supporters raised
more than $8.1 million for cancer research, treatment and education
through their 2010 “Sharing Hope” initiative, the most raised by the
National Office Products Industry (NOPI) in its 28-year history.
NOPI celebrated its success by honoring David Williamson,
executive vice president and general manager of MWV -
MeadWestvaco’s Office Products Group, with The Spirit of Life® Award
at its annual gala, held in Chicago in September.
The yearlong drive included various fundraising elements, such as
cause-related marketing efforts, direct mail, employee giving and golf
outings. MWV’s two-year cause-related marketing effort has raised
more than $1 million through donations from a portion of sales from
specially marked products.
“This evening was very special, because it captured the belief
that someday a cure and prevention for cancer will be found,” said
Williamson. “Everyone showed incredible support for the lifesaving
work being done at City of Hope.”
In 2011, NOPI will honor Jay Mutschler, senior vice president
of Staples, with The Spirit of Life Award. The event will take place
Sept. 15, 2011, in Chicago. Mutschler was the 2010 Spirit of Life dinner
committee chair and emcee of the gala honoring Williamson.
Spirit of Life recipient David Williamson with his wife Gay and sons Kyle, Peter
and Jonathann. (Photo by Karina Pires Photography)
Neil McLachlan, MWV Office Products
Group president, with NOPI honoree David
Williamson. (Photo by Karina Pires Photography)