SUPERVALU's Mike Stigers to be honored with City of Hope’s prestigious Spirit of Life® Award at 40th Annual Festival Ball

July 17, 2018
July 17, 2018    
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — City of Hope’s Northern California Food Industries Circle will honor Mike Stigers, SUPERVALU’s executive vice president, wholesale, with its 2018 Spirit of Life® Award on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the City of Hope Northern California Food Industries Circle’s 40th Annual Festival Ball event at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. 
The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement. Honorees are lauded for their commitment in the fight for City of Hope’s work against cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Stigers has had an incredible 44-year professional commitment to the grocery industry throughout the United States. In his current role, he oversees the SUPERVALU relationship with more than 3,300 independent retailers across the United States.  He is also responsible for SUPERVALU’s logistics, procurement and transportation operations as well as third-party logistics.
Stigers began his grocery career in 1974 as a part-time courtesy clerk at Safeway. During the next 40 years, he took on managerial positions of increasing responsibility up to executive positions including chief operating officer and chief executive officer of various retailers and the vendor side throughout the country. His career expanded through PW Supermarkets, Bass Inc., Sterilox Fresh, and Shaw’s/Star Market before being named president of CUB Foods in 2014.
Stigers’s civic commitment to serving his team, employees and the greater community is exemplified through his work with City of Hope. He has served on the board of the Northern California Food Industries Circle for many years, beginning in 2003. Throughout his tenure, he has spearheaded many local philanthropic efforts for City of Hope with funds raised to support research and care for children and adults who receive life-altering health diagnoses. 
“Mike’s passion for the work and the people of City of Hope is unwavering. Despite moving to new jobs and new geographies throughout his career, Mike has continued his support to this great organization and has introduced new companies to the important work done by City of Hope to support vital research and provide valuable services to so many families at such critical times in their lives,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s president and chief executive officer. “All of us on the SUPERVALU team are proud to work with Mike and applaud his commitment and support to City of Hope.
The Spirit of Life honor was bestowed in 2017 to Steve Junqueiro, formerly of The Save Mart Companies. This year’s black-tie gala will feature entertainment by comedian, Orny Adams, and includes a VIP reception, cocktail hour, auction, seated dinner, The Spirit of Life Award program and a lively afterparty. To celebrate Stigers, his wife Renee and their family at this year’s event, visit or contact Bazillia Gutierrez at 626-372-2520 or [email protected] for information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or to make a donation.
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About the Food Industries Circle
Since its inception in 1978, the Northern California Food Industries Circle (NCFIC) has represented a uniquely combined commitment among retailers, brokers, distributors, manufacturers and associated vendors to support City of Hope’s humanitarian efforts. More than 80 leading executives from every corner of the trade represent this industry-wide volunteer effort by serving on City of Hope’s NCFIC board. Joined by hundreds of companies and colleagues who participate in annual fundraising campaigns, these dedicated individuals have raised more than $40 million to support the lifesaving research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope.  
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’s main campus is in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with additional 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.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $14 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,437 stores composed of 3,323 wholesale primary stores operated by customers serviced by SUPERVALU’s food distribution business and 114 traditional retail grocery stores in continuing operations operated under three retail banners in three geographic regions (store counts as of Feb. 24, 2018). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 23,000 employees (in continuing operations). For more information about SUPERVALU, visit