From City of Hope’s first days, support from chapters helped make possible the
lifesaving treatment and influential research contributions that are City of Hope
Today, chapter members continue to play a vital role. By raising awareness and
funds for City of Hope, these devoted philanthropists have tremendous impact on the
lives of patients — those at City of Hope who benefit from excellent, compassionate
care, and those around the world who benefit from the medical advances that result
from City of Hope research.
Although City of Hope has made much progress, we keep striving to make an even
bigger impact on the world of medicine and the lives of millions. That is part of what
drives the Power of Hope campaign. Along with all of you, we are looking forward to
seeing City of Hope, in its second century, make historic gains against life-threatening
Together, we get one step closer — every day.
Executive Vice President,
Development and External Affairs
Yoga for Hope raises awareness
and research funds
Yoga enthusiasts in Seattle and San Francisco
gathered to transform their health and increase
awareness of yoga’s benefits for patients with
life-threatening illnesses — and raise funds for
City of Hope at the same time.
More than 300 people attended Yoga
for Hope on July 10 at Memorial Stadium in
Seattle. The event raised more than $31,000 for
research, treatment and education programs at
City of Hope.
San Francisco’s first-ever Yoga for Hope
took place Aug. 7 in Union Square. More than
200 yoga participants raised nearly $25,000
for City of Hope. Local instructors Stephanie
Snyder and Darren Main and disc jockey Eric
Monkhouse generously donated their time and
energy to ensure a successful event.
|Piha event honors daughter
For the third year, Marlene and Morrie Piha
sponsored Family Bowling Day honoring
Vicki Piha Ashberg, their daughter who
died of kidney cancer in 2008.
More than 200 people attended the
June 6 event at TechCity Bowl in Kirkland,
Wash. They raised $52,000 to support
kidney cancer research at City of Hope,
bringing the family’s fundraising efforts to
nearly $618,000 over two years.
Passionate for hope
Edith Susselman believes in putting her money where her mouth is, and City of Hope happens
to be one of her favorite topics of conversation. Since joining her local City of Hope chapter in
Florida 17 years ago, she has raised $500,000 for cancer research.
Susselman first heard about City of Hope in 1980, when she lived in California, from a close
friend in Florida who joined the Wynmoor Chapter, now named the Bernice Chernove Chapter.
When Susselman moved to Florida 13 years later, she joined her friend at the local chapter.
Today, Susselman is more enthusiastic than ever about fundraising for research at City of Hope.
She and her fellow chapter members take every opportunity to recruit energetic volunteers.
“We laugh because as soon as we meet new people, we start out with ‘Do you belong to
City of Hope? And if you don’t, why don’t you?’” Susselman said.
With many well-known local nonprofits in her community, people often wonder why she is
so passionate about an institution more than 3,000 miles away. But Susselman stands firm: Her
personal experience as a survivor of breast and colon cancer motivates her to help others who
may be at risk for cancer.
“People say, ‘We do have hospitals here that are cancer-oriented.’ And our answer is, ‘The
medicine that is now used for cancer, in several cases, has come out of City of Hope. They
disseminate their information throughout the world,’” Susselman explained.
City of Hope’s Florida regional office recently recognized Susselman for her longtime
support, dedication and spirit, and, at 94 years old, she plans to keep going. She attributes her
zest for life to her passion for fundraising.
“It gives you a great feeling of satisfaction when you hear the various things that we can
accomplish together,” she said. “It’s what keeps me going.”
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — The long-running 30th annual Children
of Hope luncheon took place Feb. 12 at Embassy Suites of
Fort Lauderdale. Bolstered by 300 attendees, City of Hope’s
Southeast Region in Florida raised more than $8,000 for pediatric
care, education and research. Chapter presidents selected 11
extraordinary chapter members to receive the Bess Plasky Award,
which recognizes special, active volunteers who are dedicated
to City of Hope’s ideals and mission. These honored supporters
were Michele Herzmark, Arline Stein, Lynne Macklis, Betty
Smith, Janet Kobritz, Ruth Kessler, Florence Feinstein, Elaine
Sokoloss, Betty Hattem, Lou Santoro and Cathy Moran.
Boca Raton, Fla. — Singers, actors and comedians entertained
more than 1,400 attendees from the Palm Beach County area at
the popular 15th annual Show of Shows. Hosted by the Phyllis
Dropkin Chapter of the Southeast Region, the March 15 event
at the Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the
Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton raised $20,000
for cancer research education and treatment. The event has
raised more than $500,000 for City of Hope since it began in
Ocean Hills, Calif. — More than 20 members from the Ocean
Hills Chapter for City of Hope participated in Walk for Hope
Nationally Presented by Staples in San Diego on May 22. The
Ocean Hills for Hope team, led by cancer survivor Rona Cole,
raised more than $4,000 for research, treatment and education
to fight women’s cancers.
Rancho Bernardo, Calif. — After 29 years as a volunteer group
for City of Hope, Rancho Bernardo Chapter members know
how to host a fundraiser. In April, while guests enjoyed lunch at
Stoneridge Country Club, chapter members walked the runway,
modeling the latest men’s and women’s fashions from Macy’s.
The event raised nearly $2,000 for cancer research, education
San Diego, Calif. — Established in 1921, the San Diego Gussie K.
Singer Chapter is the oldest surviving chapter of City of Hope.
Leadership of the chapter recently transitioned to a
committed group of women who are determined to keep
their parents’ and grandparents’ legacy alive by continuing
the work they started 89 years ago. The new group toured
City of Hope’s campus in August and learned firsthand why
U.S.News & World Report identified City of Hope as one of
“Americas Best Hospitals” for cancer and urology.
Chino, Calif. — When Tim Fleckenstein was
diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008, he decided
that after treatment he wanted to do something to help
fight the disease.
“I always wanted to support cancer research
and treatment but I don’t play golf,” Fleckenstein joked,
referring to charity golf tournaments. “However, I do
know how to build a demolition derby car.”
So in July, Fleckenstein and his friend and derby
car partner Ted Cordts auctioned a 1986 Cadillac
Fleetwood in the 20th annual Chino Challenge
Demolition Derby at the Chino Fairgrounds. Thanks
to family, friends and local businesses, they raised
more than $17,000 to support City of Hope’s cancer
“For me it was an easy way to help City of Hope,”
Fleckenstein said, “and do what I love to do!”
Future of Hope carries on fundraising legacy
Hundreds of costumed partygoers crowded the dance floor at Tenjune nightclub in
Manhattan to celebrate Halloween in style at “Night of Mischief” on Oct. 30. Ticket
sales from the second annual event, hosted by Future of Hope, raised more than
$30,000 for the women’s cancers and pediatric programs at City of Hope.
The fundraising event was the third of what may be many to come for Future
of Hope, a group comprising up-and-coming New York City young professionals.
Jocelyn Levy, a second-generation City of Hope supporter, founded the group in
“I became passionate about the City of Hope cause after seeing the dedication
and support that my mother has provided to the East End Chapter,” said Levy.
Levy, who also started Teens for Hope in 1998, was inspired to start Future of
Hope after realizing City of Hope had no chapter for her age range.
“I thought it was important to build the Future of Hope Chapter as a way to get
young people involved in such an important organization with the hope that we can
expand the awareness of what City of Hope is,” she said.
Many of the members of Future of Hope are second- and third-generation
City of Hope supporters who see themselves as the generation that will champion
City of Hope into its next century. The group targets other young professionals,
hosting fundraising events at some of New York’s hottest nightclubs. Within six
months of its creation, the group had raised $70,000 for research, treatment and
education programs at City of Hope.
Said Levy: “My goal for the chapter is to not only fundraise for City of Hope but to
educate others on why it’s such an important organization.”