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Spirit of Life Award Dinner

2015 Spirit of Life Award Dinner
honoring
Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy and
Clarence Smith, Havertys
 
City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry recognizes industry leaders each year for their outstanding professional and philanthropic contributions at the Spirit of Life Award Dinner.

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.
 

Our Honorees

Kurt L. Darrow
 
Clarence H. Smith
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kurt L. Darrow Biography
Kurt L. Darrow is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company with fiscal 2013 revenues of $1.35 billion.  An out-of-the-box strategist, Mr. Darrow has been heralded by Wall Street as a turnaround specialist.  During his ten-year tenure as President and CEO, he transformed all facets of the company, increasing its competitiveness in the dynamic marketplace, while repositioning the well-known La-Z-Boy brand among consumers.  Under his leadership and against the backdrop of a challenging macroeconomic environment, La-Z-Boy has posted industry-leading performance and is well positioned for growth and ongoing market share gains.
 
Before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy in 2003, and Chairman in 2011, Mr. Darrow was President of La-Z-Boy Residential, the flagship (and industry-leading) brand and largest division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated.  During his 35 years with the company, it grew from one known primarily for its world-famous reclining chairs into one of the world’s leading residential home furnishings producers and retailers, marketing furniture for every room of the home.
 
Among his many career accomplishments was the rapid expansion and evolution of the company’s branded distribution system into one of the largest in the industry.  Part and parcel to that was the development of La-Z-Boy’s Integrated Retail model, which is a key component of the company’s growth strategy.  On the marketing side, Mr. Darrow also initiated a brand repositioning effort, beginning with the award-winning “New Look of Comfort” campaign, which progressed through several advertising platforms into today’s very successful “Live life comfortably” campaign, featuring spokesperson Brooke Shields.
 
Born and raised in Michigan, where La-Z-Boy is headquartered, Mr. Darrow is a Member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy Corporation, as well as the Board and Executive Committee of Business Leaders for Michigan, and serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe.   He has held numerous prominent roles within the furniture industry, including serving as Chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in 2008 and as President of the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as an Executive Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Furniture Division.
 
Mr. Darrow attended Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.  In 2009, the College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Human Letters) and he was privileged to give the Commencement Address to the year’s graduating class.  He also served as a Member of the college’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011.
 
Mr. Darrow and his wife, Renee, are residents of Monroe, Michigan.  They enjoy spending time with their 15 nieces and nephews, playing golf and traveling together.  Mr. and Mrs. Darrow are active in their church and community, and support a variety of local and national philanthropic organizations.
 
Clarence H. Smith Biography
Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. is a prominent full-service home furnishings retailer with over 100 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions.  Founded in 1885, Havertys is a true retailing institution.  The Company provides its customers with a  wide selection of quality merchandise in primarily middle to upper-middle price ranges.  Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. has been a publicly held company since 1929.  The Company’s two classes of stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbols HVT and HVT.A.
Clarence H. Smith is the Chairman, President and CEO of Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.  He began his career with Havertys in the Management Training Program in 1973 and has served as Regional Manager of the Mid-South and Atlanta Region, Senior VP and General Manager of Stores, Chief Operating Officer as well as several other capacities at both the operational and corporate levels.  He currently serves on the Havertys Board of Directors.
 
Mr. Smith is a 1972 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology.  He attended the graduate program in psychology at Georgia State University and graduated from the Emory University Advanced Management Program.  Mr. Smith also graduated from the Key Executive Program for the National Home Furnishings Association at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 
Mr. Smith has served as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Atlanta, the American Furniture Hall of Fame, the Advisory Board of High Point University and the Village of Saint Joseph’s in Atlanta.  He has served on the Executive Committee for the National Home Furnishings Board and on the Executive Committee of the Emory University Board of Visitors.  Currently, Mr. Smith serves as Chairman of the Marist School Board.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Oxford Industries, Inc., the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, and the  Atlanta Advisory Board of SunTrust Bank of Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Mr. Smith is married to the former Lamar Fleming of Atlanta and has two grown children, Lucy and Alex.  They are members of the Cathedral of Christ of the King.
 
 

Event Details

2015 Spirit of Life Award Dinner
honoring
Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy and
Clarence Smith, Havertys
 
Sunday, April, 2015
6 p.m. — General Reception, Grandville Lawn (weather permitting)
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  — Dinner, Program & Spirit of Life Award Presentation, Grandville Ballroom
 
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Road
Greensboro, NC  27407
(800) 472-6301
www.grandover.com
 
Parking
Complimentary self parking is available.

Attire
Business attire. Ladies, please note that our General Reception is on a lawn, so choose your shoes accordingly.
 
Participation Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

2014 Spirit of Life Dinner Photos

Past Honorees

2014
The Baer Family
Alan Cole
 
2013
Michael Amini
Neil Goldberg, Steven Goldberg and Michael Goldberg
 
2012
Jeff Seaman
Bob Sherman
 
2011
Michael Huber
Stefanie J. Lucas
 
2010
The Cartledge & Bennett Families
Joseph Cory, Sr.
 
2009
David Blum
Irvin Blumkin
Jeffrey Child
William Colegrove
Jena Hall
David Heard
William Kimbrell
Eliot Tatelman
Andy Nielsen
Bill Reece
Kim Whitlock
 
2007
John Disa
Kevin O’Connor
 
2006
Joe Carroll
Todd Wanek
 
2005
Lynn Davis
Don Marks
 
2004
Charlie Eitel
Keith Koenig
 
2003
The Capó Family
Art DeFehr
 
2002
John Klein
Norman Waxman
 
2001
William Kimbrell
Stephan M. Kincaid
 
2000
Mickey Holliman
Joseph Reddington
 
1999
Ron Wanek
Art Van Elslander
 
1998
William H. “Bill” Child
Patrick H. Norton
 
1997
Joe Baron
Chuck Cebuhar
 
1996
Troy A. Peery Jr.
 
1995
Irvin L. Lowenstein
 
1994
Howard Applebaum
Stuart Applebaum
Douglas Cohen
Howard Cohen
Daniel Feldman
 
1993
George Bradley
 
1992
Rick Powell
 
1991
Fred Starr
 
1990
Keith D. Raine
 
1989
Martin Ploy
 
1988
Robert A. Magnusson
 
1987
Angel M. Echevarria
 
1986
Kalman Karuse
Bernelle Karuse
 
1985
Larry Brooks
 
1984
William D. Kaiser
Larry B. Rogers
 
1983
Donald A. Belgrad
J. Lawrence Schnadig
Lawrence K. Schnadig
 
1982
Melvin P. Spitz
 
1981
Robert H. Spilman
 
1980
David C. Dahlberg
 
1979
Morris M. Loeb
 
1978
Eleanor Sax Ellis
 
1977
Robert M. Elliot
 
1976
Jack Eiseman
 
1975
Marvin M. Chalek
Joseph Sinay
Samuel Sinay
 
1974
Matthew J. Guglielmo
 
1973
Jerry Bertram
 
1972
Leonard Barban
 
1971
King Karpen
 
1970
Bernard Roberts
 
1969
Tony Furiani
 
1968
Ralph E. Droughton
 
1967
Herman Kranz
 
1966
Percy Solotoy
 
1965
Seniel Ostrow
 

Spirit of Life Award Dinner

Spirit of Life Award Dinner

2015 Spirit of Life Award Dinner
honoring
Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy and
Clarence Smith, Havertys
 
City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry recognizes industry leaders each year for their outstanding professional and philanthropic contributions at the Spirit of Life Award Dinner.

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.
 

Our Honorees

Our Honorees

Kurt L. Darrow
 
Clarence H. Smith
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kurt L. Darrow Biography
Kurt L. Darrow is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company with fiscal 2013 revenues of $1.35 billion.  An out-of-the-box strategist, Mr. Darrow has been heralded by Wall Street as a turnaround specialist.  During his ten-year tenure as President and CEO, he transformed all facets of the company, increasing its competitiveness in the dynamic marketplace, while repositioning the well-known La-Z-Boy brand among consumers.  Under his leadership and against the backdrop of a challenging macroeconomic environment, La-Z-Boy has posted industry-leading performance and is well positioned for growth and ongoing market share gains.
 
Before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy in 2003, and Chairman in 2011, Mr. Darrow was President of La-Z-Boy Residential, the flagship (and industry-leading) brand and largest division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated.  During his 35 years with the company, it grew from one known primarily for its world-famous reclining chairs into one of the world’s leading residential home furnishings producers and retailers, marketing furniture for every room of the home.
 
Among his many career accomplishments was the rapid expansion and evolution of the company’s branded distribution system into one of the largest in the industry.  Part and parcel to that was the development of La-Z-Boy’s Integrated Retail model, which is a key component of the company’s growth strategy.  On the marketing side, Mr. Darrow also initiated a brand repositioning effort, beginning with the award-winning “New Look of Comfort” campaign, which progressed through several advertising platforms into today’s very successful “Live life comfortably” campaign, featuring spokesperson Brooke Shields.
 
Born and raised in Michigan, where La-Z-Boy is headquartered, Mr. Darrow is a Member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy Corporation, as well as the Board and Executive Committee of Business Leaders for Michigan, and serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe.   He has held numerous prominent roles within the furniture industry, including serving as Chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in 2008 and as President of the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as an Executive Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Furniture Division.
 
Mr. Darrow attended Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.  In 2009, the College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Human Letters) and he was privileged to give the Commencement Address to the year’s graduating class.  He also served as a Member of the college’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011.
 
Mr. Darrow and his wife, Renee, are residents of Monroe, Michigan.  They enjoy spending time with their 15 nieces and nephews, playing golf and traveling together.  Mr. and Mrs. Darrow are active in their church and community, and support a variety of local and national philanthropic organizations.
 
Clarence H. Smith Biography
Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. is a prominent full-service home furnishings retailer with over 100 showrooms in 16 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions.  Founded in 1885, Havertys is a true retailing institution.  The Company provides its customers with a  wide selection of quality merchandise in primarily middle to upper-middle price ranges.  Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. has been a publicly held company since 1929.  The Company’s two classes of stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbols HVT and HVT.A.
Clarence H. Smith is the Chairman, President and CEO of Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.  He began his career with Havertys in the Management Training Program in 1973 and has served as Regional Manager of the Mid-South and Atlanta Region, Senior VP and General Manager of Stores, Chief Operating Officer as well as several other capacities at both the operational and corporate levels.  He currently serves on the Havertys Board of Directors.
 
Mr. Smith is a 1972 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology.  He attended the graduate program in psychology at Georgia State University and graduated from the Emory University Advanced Management Program.  Mr. Smith also graduated from the Key Executive Program for the National Home Furnishings Association at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 
Mr. Smith has served as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Atlanta, the American Furniture Hall of Fame, the Advisory Board of High Point University and the Village of Saint Joseph’s in Atlanta.  He has served on the Executive Committee for the National Home Furnishings Board and on the Executive Committee of the Emory University Board of Visitors.  Currently, Mr. Smith serves as Chairman of the Marist School Board.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Oxford Industries, Inc., the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, and the  Atlanta Advisory Board of SunTrust Bank of Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Mr. Smith is married to the former Lamar Fleming of Atlanta and has two grown children, Lucy and Alex.  They are members of the Cathedral of Christ of the King.
 
 

Event Details

Event Details

2015 Spirit of Life Award Dinner
honoring
Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy and
Clarence Smith, Havertys
 
Sunday, April, 2015
6 p.m. — General Reception, Grandville Lawn (weather permitting)
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  — Dinner, Program & Spirit of Life Award Presentation, Grandville Ballroom
 
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Road
Greensboro, NC  27407
(800) 472-6301
www.grandover.com
 
Parking
Complimentary self parking is available.

Attire
Business attire. Ladies, please note that our General Reception is on a lawn, so choose your shoes accordingly.
 
Participation Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

2014 Event Photos

2014 Spirit of Life Dinner Photos

Past Honorees

Past Honorees

2014
The Baer Family
Alan Cole
 
2013
Michael Amini
Neil Goldberg, Steven Goldberg and Michael Goldberg
 
2012
Jeff Seaman
Bob Sherman
 
2011
Michael Huber
Stefanie J. Lucas
 
2010
The Cartledge & Bennett Families
Joseph Cory, Sr.
 
2009
David Blum
Irvin Blumkin
Jeffrey Child
William Colegrove
Jena Hall
David Heard
William Kimbrell
Eliot Tatelman
Andy Nielsen
Bill Reece
Kim Whitlock
 
2007
John Disa
Kevin O’Connor
 
2006
Joe Carroll
Todd Wanek
 
2005
Lynn Davis
Don Marks
 
2004
Charlie Eitel
Keith Koenig
 
2003
The Capó Family
Art DeFehr
 
2002
John Klein
Norman Waxman
 
2001
William Kimbrell
Stephan M. Kincaid
 
2000
Mickey Holliman
Joseph Reddington
 
1999
Ron Wanek
Art Van Elslander
 
1998
William H. “Bill” Child
Patrick H. Norton
 
1997
Joe Baron
Chuck Cebuhar
 
1996
Troy A. Peery Jr.
 
1995
Irvin L. Lowenstein
 
1994
Howard Applebaum
Stuart Applebaum
Douglas Cohen
Howard Cohen
Daniel Feldman
 
1993
George Bradley
 
1992
Rick Powell
 
1991
Fred Starr
 
1990
Keith D. Raine
 
1989
Martin Ploy
 
1988
Robert A. Magnusson
 
1987
Angel M. Echevarria
 
1986
Kalman Karuse
Bernelle Karuse
 
1985
Larry Brooks
 
1984
William D. Kaiser
Larry B. Rogers
 
1983
Donald A. Belgrad
J. Lawrence Schnadig
Lawrence K. Schnadig
 
1982
Melvin P. Spitz
 
1981
Robert H. Spilman
 
1980
David C. Dahlberg
 
1979
Morris M. Loeb
 
1978
Eleanor Sax Ellis
 
1977
Robert M. Elliot
 
1976
Jack Eiseman
 
1975
Marvin M. Chalek
Joseph Sinay
Samuel Sinay
 
1974
Matthew J. Guglielmo
 
1973
Jerry Bertram
 
1972
Leonard Barban
 
1971
King Karpen
 
1970
Bernard Roberts
 
1969
Tony Furiani
 
1968
Ralph E. Droughton
 
1967
Herman Kranz
 
1966
Percy Solotoy
 
1965
Seniel Ostrow
 
Event Details
Sunday, April 19, 2015
 
Spirit of Life Award Dinner
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Road
Greensboro, NC 27407
 
Honoring
Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy and
Clarence Smith, Havertys
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT
Brittany De La Torre
Director of Development
bdelatorre@coh.org
(213) 241 -7168
 
Christy Wilson
Coordinator
(800) 272 -2310