City of Hope Orange County has received a $25 million gift from Julia and George Argyros, visionary philanthropists and longtime City of Hope supporters.
The transformational gift was announced by Argyros Family Foundation president Julia A. Argyros during the Sept. 10 Hope Gala. The gift will advance City of Hope’s mission to deliver world-renowned research, treatment and cancer cures to Orange County.
The Argyros Family Foundation’s gift continues a decades-long legacy of extraordinary generosity and support from the Argyros family to City of Hope that has been pivotal to our evolution into a world-renowned cancer research and treatment system.
Argyros is a treasured name at City of Hope, one that is deeply connected to the daily rhythms of the main campus in Duarte, California. The stunning Argyros Family Garden of Hope is a testament to the importance of caring for the whole person. Julia Argyros recalls sitting in the serene space in Duarte, observing patients and families pause and reflect in a place that represents healing.
Now, in recognition of this transformational gift, the Argyros name will grace the healing garden at Orange County’s most advanced comprehensive cancer center, extending a shared commitment to healing mind, body and spirit.
The Argyros family has made deep investments in health care, education, childhood development and arts foundations across Southern California.
“We are honored to be in the position to support City of Hope, which is saving lives and expanding access to its advanced cancer care. We believe it is our privilege to give back to the community. We hope that this gift helps people get the care they need and that everyone who walks through the healing gardens at the new cancer center is filled with peace and hope,” Julia Argyros said.
Robert Stone, CEO, City of Hope, and the Helen and Morgan Chu Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair, said Julia and George Argyros have been exceptional supporters of City of Hope for nearly 40 years, including during George's 20-year tenure as Chair of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
“City of Hope’s ability to provide advanced breakthroughs in cancer care to the people of Orange County is due to visionary supporters like Julia and George Argyros who empower our scientists and physicians to rapidly discover and develop lifesaving therapies for patients,” Stone said. “We remain profoundly grateful for such an important and longstanding partnership in our mission to eradicate cancer.”
"City of Hope came to Orange County to answer a pressing need in the community, and we are grateful for those foresighted supporters who help us ignite a movement that is changing the health care landscape," said Annette Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. "Supporters like Julia and George Argyros, and everyone whose contributions are helping to make this vision possible, are evidence of the incredible support for City of Hope in Orange County. Together, we can achieve our goal of making our communities cancer free.”
The gala raised $2.3 million, in addition to the announcement of the Argyros family’s transformational $25 million gift, an accomplishment reflective of the widespread community support that City of Hope Orange County has received. To date, more than 15,000 Orange County residents have become donors to City of Hope Orange County.
To explore donor opportunities, go to CityofHope.org/giving.