The US office products industry gathered in Chicago last night as ACCO Chairman Bob Keller collected the City of Hope’s 2013 Spirit of Life award.
Keller has been leading the office products industry’s fundraising efforts for City of Hope, helping to raise an amazing $11.7 million – a record – for the California-based clinic and medical research institute, a figure which included almost $500,000 from an ACCO Brands-sponsored golf outing held in August.
2013 is a special year as it marks the 100th anniversary of City of Hope, and this year’s Spirit of Life fundraising campaign has been called ‘A Century of Hope’. Last night’s Gala at Navy Pier included a number of former Spirit of Life honourees and ended with a spectacular fireworks display to mark the centenary.
During the evening, City of Hope also recognised the contributions and dedication of Nancy Doyle who is retiring this year. Doyle has been with City of Hope for over 20 years and was instrumental in expanding the institute’s collaboration with the office products industry in the 1990s.
Next year’s honouree will be the President of Office Depot’s International division, Steve Schmidt, and City of Hope has recently confirmed that the 2015 honouree will be Steve Sakumoto, VP/General Manager of US Supplies Sales at Hewlett-Packard.
The date and venue of the 2014 Spirit of Life Gala dinner will be confirmed shortly.
By Andy Braithwaite