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Spirit of Life Celebration

Spirit of Life Celebration
The Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council presents:
The 2014 Spirit of Life® Celebration
Making Waves
William McMorrow
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Kennedy Wilson
City of Hope’s Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Industries Council recognizes industry leaders each year for their outstanding professional and philanthropic contributions at the Spirit of Life Award Celebration.
The Spirit of Life Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for a century, and whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration.

Recipients of this prestigious award include a broad range of leaders from the world of business, entertainment, science and philanthropy. What connects them is a shared commitment to elevating the human condition and a profound belief in the power of each individual to effect change.

The Spirit of Life, by its very name, represents the intangible qualities that make an individual’s life worthy of admiration: their generosity, their ability to inspire and their desire to make a difference in the world.
City of Hope extends its heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to its Spirit of Life honorees past and present.

Event Details

City of Hope and Kennedy Wilson are “Making Waves” here and across the globe. Join your industry colleagues for a night celebrating  the growth and impact of City of Hope’s cancer and diabetes research and Kennedy Wilson’s extensive national and international accomplishments. The 2014 Spirit of Life Celebration continues the “Making Waves” theme with a touch of the Hawaiian islands featuring an extended cocktail party, exciting live auction, open bar, tray passed appetizers, buffet dinner, and dessert stations.  The beautiful and intimate ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire makes for an ideal environment for networking amongst colleagues and competitors alike while celebrating groundbreaking cancer and diabetes research at City of Hope.
Business Cocktail Attire
$16 Valet Parking
Tribute Journal 
Commemorate your participation and support  of the Spirit of Life Celebration with a tribute page in the printed journal provided to all attendees at the event.
Due Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Tribute journal finish size is 4.5” x 9”;
Include .125” bleed; live area for vital content is 4” x 8.5”
Submit high-resolution PDF to lare@coh.org or call (800) 272-2310
This years Spirit of Life Celebration will feature a Live Auction.  Check back for more details.
Participation Options
Proceeds benefit research and treatment programs in cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses at City of Hope.
Sponsorship Opportunities 
  • Making Waves Sponsorship - $50,000
    • 24 tickets to the Event with VIP Seating
    • 24 tickets to the VIP Reception
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • Exclusive Table Branding and Recognition
    • Four color spread in Making Waves section of the tribute journal
    • Special Recognition During the Dinner Program
  • Big Kahuna Sponsorship - $25,000
    • 20 tickets to the Event with Premiere Seating
    • 20 tickets to the VIP Reception
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • Exclusive Table Branding and Recognition
    • Four color spread in Big Kahuna section of the tribute journal
    • Special Recognition During the Dinner Program
  • Pipeline Sponsorship - $15,000
    • 12 tickets to the Event with Preferred Seating
    • 12 tickets to the VIP Reception
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • Table Branding and Recognition
    • Four color page in Pipeline section of the tribute journal
  • Longboarder Sponsorship
    • 10 tickets to the Event with Assigned Seating
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • Table Branding and Recognition
    • Four color page in Longboarder section of the tribute journal
  • Aloha Spirit Sponsorship
    • 10 tickets to the Event with Open Seating
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • Four color page in Aloha Spirit section of the tribute journal
Event Tickets
  • General Admission - $400
    • One Ticket to the Event, Open Seating
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
  • Building Hope* Admission - $200
    • One Ticket to the Event, Open Seating
    • Butlered Appetizers, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar
    • *Available for Building Hope members only
Tribute Journal
  • Mahalo Tribute Page - $5,000
    • Four color, full page ad in Mahalo section of the Tribute Journal
  • Ohana Tribute Page - $3,000
    • Four color, full page ad in Ohana section of the Tribute Journal
  • Kai Tribute Page - $1,000
    • Four color, full page ad in Kai section of the Tribute Journal
Underwritting Opportunities
  • VIP Reception Sponsor
    • Company logo branded tumblers distributed to all guests at VIP reception
  • Cocktail Party Sponsor
    • Company logo cocktail napkins served to all guests at the general reception
The amount of your contribution, which is deductible for income tax purposes, is limited to the excess of your contribution over the value of any goods received. The value, which is nondeductible, is $175 per person. Tribute Journal contributions are 100% donation to City of Hope.


Our Honoree

William McMorrow is chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, which he purchased in 1988. Beginning with just one office and eleven employees, today Kennedy Wilson has 24 offices in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Spain and Japan with 400 corporate employees and 2000 operating employees as well as assets under management of approximately $17 billion, including over 68 million sq. ft. of office, retail and industrial properties and 18,000+ multifamily units. In November of 2009, the company went public and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Kennedy Wilson Japan went public in 2002 and is currently listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

In early 2014, Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc was established and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The $1.7 billion IPO represents the largest real estate vehicle listing since the economic downturn and the second largest real estate IPO in the history of the London Stock Exchange.

Since 2010, Kennedy Wilson has been one of the most active global investors in real estate with over $13 billion of purchases. During the same period, the company has raised $9 billion of equity for its joint venture investments and Kennedy Wilson.

Kennedy Wilson Europe was established in 2011 and now has offices in Dublin, London and Spain, employing a team of 55 professionals. In December 2013, the company acquired an interest in a Spanish property management and loan servicing business with 260 employees and €20 billion of assets under management.

One of the earliest investors in Ireland, Kennedy Wilson has quickly become one of the top commercial property owners in the country. In 2011, the company served as the catalyst and lead investor in the recapitalization of the Bank of Ireland. Kennedy Wilson today has approximately $5 billion of assets in Ireland and the U.K.

Numerous publications have profiled Kennedy Wilson and Mr. McMorrow, including the New York Times, Irish Times, Estates Gazette, Los Angeles Business Journal and PERE. In 2012, Real Estate Forum magazine selected Mr. McMorrow as one of Southern California's Real Estate Icons.

Mr. McMorrow attended Loyola High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and MBA from the University of Southern California. He serves on the Executive Board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and is involved in numerous Southern California charities, including Chrysalis, which honored him with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award in 2005, the Rape Treatment Center, USC, Windward High School, the Village School and Loyola High School, which honored him with the Cahalan Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2010. Additionally, Mr. McMorrow is a member of the Loyola High School Board of Regents and Windward School Board. Recently, he endowed the William J. McMorrow Global Real Estate Program at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Past Honorees

Wayne Ratkovich
The Ratkovich Company
Joaquin de Monet
Arden Realty, Inc
Ron and LeeAnn Havner
Public Storage
John and Catherine Kilroy
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Herb Nadel, FAIA 
Nadel Architects, Inc. 
Paul Matt
MATT Construction
Joel Marcus
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Larry Chapman
Wells Fargo
Arthur M. Coppola 
Mace Siegel
Richard S. Ziman
American Value Partners
James A. Thomas
Thomas Properties Group
Robert F. Maguire, III
Maguire Properties
Edward P. Roski
Majestic Realty Co.
Steve Soboroff
Playa Vista
Ray Watt
The Watt Companies
Robert J. Lowe
Lowe Enterprises
Stan Ross
E&Y Kenneth Leventhal
James Didion
CB Richard Ellis
Paul Hazen
Wells Fargo Bank

LARE Council

Richard S. Ziman
Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.
Steven Jaffe
B.H. Properties, LLC
Alexandra Glickman
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
Jeffrey Okyle
Standard Parking
Valerie  Achtemeier, CB Richard Ellis
Jennifer Banks,   Alexandria Real Estate
Eliav Dan,  Ladder Capital Finance
Joaquin de Monet,  Palisades Capital Realty Advisors
Mark  Forbes,  City National Bank
Mary Marx,  Cushman & Wakefield
Jeff Okyle,  SP+
Mitchell Regenstreif,  Liner Grode Stein Yankelelvitz Sunshine Regenstreif + Taylor
Yashaar Amin, RP Realty Partners, LLC
Peter Ballance,  Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Susan Booth,  Holland & Knight
Ada Chan,  Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brett Cohen,  Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP
Victor Coleman,  Hudson Pacific Properties
Kevin Dow,  Turner Construction Company
Reza Etedali, REZA Investment Group
Bonnie Fein,  ARKA Properties Group
Lewis Feldman,  Goodwin Procter LLP
Rodney Freeman, Freeman Group
Cindy Giordano Taylor,  CBRE
TR Gregory, GPI Companies
Alex Grigorians,  Safarian, Choi & Bolstad LLP
Bert Haboucha,  Atlas Capital Advisors, Inc.
Jeffrey Hawken,  Kilroy Realty Corporation
Richard Henick, Appel & Henick LLP
Frank Jansen, Chicago Title Company
Robert Jernigan, Gensler
Robert Johnson, Seyfarth Shaw
Michael Kaplan, ARKA Properties Group
Andrew Kirsh, Sklar Kirsh LLP
Jay Kwan, Grove International Partners
David Lari,  Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
Steven J. Lurie,  Greenberg Glusker
Steve Matt,  MATT Construction
Jon Monkarsh,  EJM Development
DJ Moore, Latham & Watkins
Nick Nawaz,  U.S. Bank
Rick Newman, Lowe Enterprises
Steven Norris,  Norris Realty Advisors
Maura O'Connor, O'Connor Cochran LLP
Mark Okuma,  Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Selina Parelskin
Cheryl Pestor, NAI Capital
Richard Pink, Clarion Partners
Todd Popovich, Wells Fargo N.A.
Angela Rinebold, Equity Office
Ed Sachse,  Kennedy Wilson
Michael Scheinberg,  Pircher, Nichols & Meeks
Larry Schmidt,  First American Title Insurance Company
Jesse Sharf, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Bryan Slotkin,  Goldman Sachs & Co.
D. Michael Van Konynenburg, Eastdil Secured
Jeannie Vu,  Colony Capital Inc
Andrea Walden,  HOK LA
Nadine Watt,  Watt Companies
Cari Wolk, Athena Parking

2013 Photos

Event Details
Spirit of Life® Celebration
Making Waves
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212