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Midwest Dinner Cruise Raises Over 180,000 for City of Hope

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More than 320 home furnishings industry executives enjoyed a scenic tour of the Chicago lakefront at the annual Midwest Dinner Cruise, a benefit for City of Hope, on Monday, August 20. The evening, which included dinner, music and dancing, raised over $180,000 for City of Hope’s research and treatment programs. Attendees included John Disa, president and CEO of Wickes Furniture, and one of this year’s Spirit of Life® Award honorees, joined by nearly 100 Wickes employees. Other sponsor representatives included David Milgrom of DMSI and Ted Wecker of Sea Products/Skyline Furniture; Jena Hall of Aspen Furniture and Roger Murray of Simmons Bedding, who also serve as City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry board presidents, also attended. Created more than 40 years ago by a group of industry leaders who wanted to help fund the search for a cure for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry chapter has grown to include representatives from all facets of the industry including retail, manufacturing and publishing. To date, the group has raised over $40 million for City of Hope. About City of Hope: City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.

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