City of Hope’s Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle honored two of its own industry leaders at the 21st annual Harvest Ball, which raised more than $700,000 for cancer research, treatment and education.
The event was held Nov. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.
Terry Halverson, president and chief executive officer of Metropolitan Market, and Al Reser, chief executive officer of Reser’s Fine Foods, received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their outstanding business, philanthropic and community accomplishments. The evening featured silent and live auctions and music.
Halverson began his career at age 16 as a courtesy clerk at Thriftway stores before the company became Metropolitan Market. He rose through the ranks, growing the company from one store with 20 employees to six stores with more than 700 employees.
“I’m honored to receive this special award from an organization that provides lifesaving research and treatments to patients with cancer,” Halverson said. “The Food Industries Circle and City of Hope continue to build on a long-term relationship that helps to save lives, one patient at a time.”
For Reser, Reser’s Fine Foods — which was established by his parents — was his first business endeavor as chief executive officer. Reser is a firm believer in giving back to the community, including supporting youth sports, education, medical research, food banks, community events and local cultural and art museums.
“As a business owner, I believe in the importance of connecting with the community and other businesses,” Reser said. “And together with City of Hope, supporters from the food industry will continue in the fight against cancer.”
Both honorees are known for their respect, trust and involvement with staff, customers and neighborhoods.
In its 21-year history, the Harvest Ball has raised more than $13 million for City of Hope.
The Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle and City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute have been partners for decades, reflecting the commitment of Washington and Oregon food industry leaders to the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases.