Members of City of Hope's Real Estate & Construction Council (REC) honored Craig Allison, Co-General Partner of Plant Construction Company with the Spirit of Life® Award, the organization's highest philanthropic honor.
"It is a great honor to receive the Spirit of Life® Award; recognition from a peer group is rare and humbling. It is an even greater honor to help support City of Hope." said Allison. "Recently, Susan and I were able to visit their campus and meet several of the researchers and clinicians. I was prepared to be impressed, but the quality of the people, the technology, and the pervasive dedication to improving peoples' lives was beyond anything I imagined. They deserve our thanks, and all of the support we can provide, because the work they are doing will benefit us all."
The award is presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement. Under Allison's leadership, the Spirit of Life event raised more than $730,000 - a record-breaking achievement since the REC's inception in 1986. The Real Estate & Construction Council has raised more than $6 million to benefit City of Hope's research, treatment and education.
The April 30th Spirit of Life® Award Celebration, held at the historic Fairmont Hotel, featured a silent auction, a live auction and a fund-appeal in which guests helped purchase an Oligo Synthesizer that will further cancer research at City of Hope. Guests enjoyed music from the critically acclaimed Freddy Clark.
"Craig Allison embodies all that the Spirit of Life Award represents," said Heather Olinto, associate vice president of philanthropy. "From the moment we approached Craig to be our honoree, he took the responsibility very seriously and as a result we experienced our very best fundraising year ever. We are incredibly thankful to Craig and his team at Plant Construction Company for their overwhelming support".