Real estate industry raises $1 million for City of Hope at gala honoring Yat-Pang Au of Veritas Investments

October 19, 2018
Letisia Marquez
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The 2018 City of Hope gala campaign honoring Yat-Pang Au, CEO of Veritas Investments, with The Spirit of Life® Award, raised $1 million for the national research hospital’s fight against cancer and life-threatening diseases. Organized by the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council, this year’s event was led by top-level supporters including Platinum Sponsors: Carmel Partners, Eastdil Secured, Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski, Qatalyst Partners, Veritas, and Elizabeth and Brian Cayne, and Gold Sponsors: AEC Alarms, Baupost Group, Columbia Property Trust, DWS, Deutsche Bank Securities, HFF, Legion Corporation, Lighthouse Public Affairs, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Maximus Real Estate Partners, Nevell Group, Paul Hastings LLP, Plant Construction Company, Prologis Foundation, PwC and Unicorn Consulting. Media sponsors were the San Francisco Business Times and The Registry.

The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor and is presented each year to industry leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement.

“The annual Spirit of Life Celebration is one of the real estate industry’s biggest charity events. Raising $1 million will enable City of Hope to make even more progress in their fight against cancer,” said David Dowdney, the Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council’s board chair and SVP-Columbia Property Trust.

Added Yat-Pang Au, “I’m honored and humbled to receive The Spirit of Life Award but really accepted it on behalf of an amazing all-hands effort, starting with my team at Veritas Investments and so many companies and individuals who stepped up. And it was truly inspiring to hear from City of Hope leaders Dr. Yuman Fong and Dr. Saul Priceman.”

Among the many Spirit of Life honorees since 1986 are Andy Ball, Carol Bartz, Kofi Bonner, Michael Covarrubias, Oz Erickson, Rick Holliday, Sean Jeffries, Eli Khouri, Rik Kunnath, Peter Magowan, Chris Meany, Hamid Moghadam, Constance B. Moore, Larry Pace and Ron Zeff.
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About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with locations throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
About Veritas Investments
San Francisco-based Veritas Investments Inc. is one of the largest owners and operators of multifamily, urban retail and mixed-use properties in San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area. Veritas has assets in excess of $3 billion and in 2016 completed an $815 million financing, the largest portfolio financing of its kind in the history of San Francisco. Vertically integrated, the firm and its affiliates provide property management, leasing, project management, redevelopment, accounting, asset management, financing and investment management services. For more information, visit