The Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, was given to Christopher Meany of Wilson Meany on April 29th, 2014. Over 850 Real Estate professionals attended the standing-room-only reception and dinner and raised a record-breaking $850,000 to benefit the lifesaving research and treatment programs at City of Hope. Presented annually by the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council, the Spirit of Life Award recognizes outstanding business leadership
and philanthropic achievements.
Meany has been executing innovative urban infill developments in California since 1985. Among his landmark projects are the Ferry Building, Flood Building, One Powell, and 140 New Montgomery in San Francisco, and Broadway Pointe in Walnut Creek. He has also developed a number of high density residential projects in the Bay Area. Presently, he leads the redevelopment of Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, and co-manages (with Lennar) the redevelopment of Treasure Island in San Francisco.
During the event, Carmen Policy, former 49ers executive, interviewed Meany onstage in a discussion about the honoree’s 30-year real estate career and philanthropic efforts. "Real estate at its best is about helping people have rich, full lives, and that’s similar to what the City of Hope does, though in much more rarified air,” said Meany. City of Hope faculty speaker, Linda Malkas Ph.D. gave the packed, hushed crowd a very personal view of the City of Hope’s unique infrastructure that allows for scientific ideas to move quickly the bedside, also known as ‘translational medicine”.
Top financial sponsors for the dinner include Colliers International, Gibson Dunn, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Stockbridge Capital Group, Wilson Meany, Plant Construction Company LP and Webcor Builders.