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Spirit of Life Award Dinner

Spirit of Life Award Dinner
2014 Spirit of Life Award Dinner
honoring
The Baer Family, Baer’s Furniture and
Alan Cole, Hooker Furniture
 
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

The Baer Family
In 1945, Melvin and Lucile Baer founded Baer's Home Outfitters in South Bend, Indiana, based on one simple concept: offer customers famous brands that they can trust, quality craftsmanship and lasting designs at tremendous discounts. It was there, under their parents' loving guidance, where Jimmie, Allan and Bobby were taught the retail furniture industry at every level. While the family-owned company continued to prosper in Indiana, the Baer's Florida vision started, when Bobby moved to Florida in 1968 and opened the Dania store. The elder Baers and the rest of the family eventually settled in South Florida and moved the business along with them. Today, Bobby is CEO and Allan is President along with the third generation in top management positions. They run a furniture dynasty that now has fifteen showcases and two warehouses. When your company bears your name, there is a special pride in everything you do for the customer and community. We are proud to continue with our founder's philosophy of making Baer's the finest premier furniture and design showcase

 


Alan Cole
Alan Cole has served as president and/or chief executive of two of the largest furniture companies in the industry. He was a partner in the leading mid-priced upholstery firm Berkline Corporation of Morristown, Tenn., where he served as president from 1991-1996. He served as president and chief executive of Lifestyle Furnishings International in 2000-2001, which at the time was the largest U.S. producer of home furnishings with revenues over $2 billion, with subsidiaries including Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Lexington Home Brands and Maitland-Smith. From 2004 to 2006, he was president and chief executive of Chicago-based Schnadig Corp. and was a member of the Hooker Furniture Corp Board in 2003. In 2007, he joined Hooker Furniture Corp. as Executive Vice President of Upholstery Operations, and subsequently was named President of Hooker Upholstery and currently serves as President of Hooker Furniture Corporation. Prior to joining Berkline in the 90s, Alan had been a long-time executive at Broyhill Furniture Industries.
 

Event Details

City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry invites you to join them at the 2014 Spirit of Life Award Dinner honoring The Baer Family, Baer’s Furniture and Alan Cole, Hooker Furniture.
 
Sunday, April 6, 2014
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Program
 
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Road
Greensboro, NC 27407

Business Attire
 
Tribute Journal
Commemorate your participation and support  of the Spirit of Life Award Dinner with a tribute page in the printed journal provided to all attendees at the event.
Due Date: Friday March 14, 2013
Tribute journal finish size is 8.5” x 8.5”;
Include .125” bleed; live area for vital content is 8” x 8”
Submit high-resolution PDF to furniture@coh.org or call (800) 272-2310
 
Participation Options
Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Spirit of Life Sponsorship @ $20,000 
    • Special introduction during dinner program
    • One table of 10 seats with preferred seating at dinner
    • Ten invitations to VIP Reception held prior to dinner
    • Full page, four color ad placed in Spirit of Life® section of the dinner journal
    • Inclusion in Logo Presentation at the dinner
    • NEW – Logo on campaign electronic communications and event website
    • NEW- VIP Reception Sponsorship Add-On Option Available
  • Platinum Sponsorship @ $15,000
    • One table of 10 seats with preferred seating at dinner
    • Ten invitations to VIP Reception held prior to dinner
    • Full page, four color ad placed in Platinum  section of the dinner journal
    • Inclusion in Logo Presentation at the dinner
    • NEW- VIP Reception Sponsorship Add-On Option Available
  • Gold Sponsorship @ $10,000
    • One table of 10 seats at dinner
    • Five invitations to VIP Reception held prior to dinner
    • Full page, two color ad placed in Gold  section of the dinner journal
    • Inclusion in Logo Presentation at the dinner
  • Silver Sponsorship @ $5,000
    • One table of 10 seats at dinner
    • Full page, black & white ad placed in Silver  section of the dinner journal
 
Additional Sponsorship Opportunities*
 
Promotional signage indicating your company’s sponsorship will be prominently displayed
  • VIP Reception @ $5,000
    • Must be purchased with a Spirit of Life or Platinum Sponsorship
  • Cocktail Reception @ $5,000
  • Dessert Sponsor @ $5,000
*Additional sponsorship opportunities are not exclusive
 
Dinner Seats
  • Individual Dinner Ticket(s) @ $500 each 
  • Sales Representative* Ticket(s) @ $300 each
* Sales Representative discount is intended only for the use of sales reps who are making personal contributions to attend the event.

Tribute Journal Opportunities
  • Champions of Hope Journal Page @ $5,000
    • Full page, four color ad placed in Champions of Hope section of the journal
    • 100 percent donation to City of Hope
  • Leaders of Hope Journal Page @ $3,000 
    • Full page, two color ad in Leaders of Hope section of the journal
    • 100 percent donation to City of Hope
  • Pioneers of Hope Journal Page @ $1,000
    • Full page, black & white ad in Pioneers of Hope section of the journal
    • 100 percent donation to City of Hope
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 $110 per person.

2014 Event Photos

Past Honorees

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 6, 2014
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Program
 
 
 
 
Download Registration Form (PDF)
 
Spirit of Life Award Dinner
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Road
Greensboro, NC 27407
 
Honoring
The Baer Family,  Baer’s Furniture and
Alan Cole, Hooker Furniture
 
CONTACT
Brittany De La Torre
Director of Development
bdelatorre@coh.org
(213) 241 -7168
 
Christy Wilson
Coordinator
(800) 272 -2310
 
To register by phone call (800) 272-2310