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City of Hope raises $1 million at market gala

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The City of Hope raised $1 million at the annual Spirit of Life gala Saturday night and said the home furnishings industry contributed a total of $2 million for the 2012-2013 fundraising year.

Some 750 people filled a ballroom at the Grandover resort in Greensboro, N.C., to recognize this year's Spirit of Life Award honorees Neil, Steve and Michael Goldberg of Liverpool, N.Y.-based Raymour & Flanigan, and Aico CEO Michael Amini.

The Spirit of Life award is the most prestigious philanthropic honor presented by the medical research and treatment center. It also recognizes outstanding business leadership.

The money raised by the home furnishing industry goes to City of Hope's work to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

At a cocktail party before dinner, City of Hope also announced that Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs and Roger Friesen of Casana Furniture are stepping down as co-chairs of the National Home Furnishings Industry Executive Committee for City of Hope. Chuck Reilly, Aico senior vice president of sales and marketing, is the new chairman.

Also, Neil Friedman, Primo International's sales manager for the West Coast region, received a surprise Volunteer of the Year award.

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