Richard S. Ziman to Be Honored by City of Hope

Real Estate Entrepreneur to Receive Spirit of Life(R) Award at Toast and

Roast on September 14

Aug 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from City of Hope

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from many of the most
 prominent real estate and construction enterprises in Southern California
 will gather together September 14 to recognize the legendary Richard S.
 Ziman, former chairman and chief executive officer of Arden Realty Inc., at
 a City of Hope award dinner unlike any other. Presented by the Los Angeles
 Real Estate & Construction Industries Council for City of Hope, the Toast
 and Roast will honor Ziman with the Spirit of Life(R) Award, the
 institution's most prestigious philanthropic honor. The event will be held
 in the Fountain Courtyard at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood,
 beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the
 program. Martinn Mandles, chairman emeritus of ABM Industries, will serve
 as master of ceremonies and introduce a select group of Ziman's other
 friends who will pay tribute to the honoree. Chairing the event is the
 former president and chief operating officer of Arden Realty, Inc., Victor
 Coleman, who now serves as managing partner of Hudson Capital in West Los
 Angeles. Proceeds from the Toast and Roast will benefit the research,
 treatment and education programs of City of Hope located in nearby Duarte.
     "I'm honored to receive the Spirit of Life(R) Award from City of Hope
 and my colleagues in the real estate and construction industries," said
 Ziman, who is founding chairman of the Los Angeles Real Estate &
 Construction Industries Council. "I treasure my long association with City
 of Hope and feel privileged to be part of an organization that is
 continuing to make extraordinary progress against cancer and other
 life-threatening diseases."
     Ziman is now chairman of American Value Partners Advisors, LLC, a
 diversified investment company headquartered in West Los Angeles. After
 receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern
 California, he began his career as a real estate attorney with the law firm
 of Loeb & Loeb, where he was a partner from 1971 to 1980. Utilizing his
 extensive real estate expertise, Ziman went on to establish and manage
 Pacific Financial Group, which soon became a major private owner of office
 buildings in Southern California.
     After selling those assets, Ziman co-founded Arden Realty Inc. in 1991.
 Under his leadership, Arden grew to be Southern California's largest office
 landlord and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Earlier this year,
 Arden was sold for $4.8 billion to a real estate affiliate of General
 Electric Co.
     Ziman is a past member of the national board directors of City of Hope
 and served as its chairman from 1989 to 1995. He is the recipient of the
 Gallery of Achievement Award, City of Hope's highest medical and scientific
 recognition, and has made numerous contributions to the institution,
 including an endowment for the Ziman Family Outpatient Oncology Center.
     He is a member of the board of governors of the National Association of
 Real Estate Investment Trusts and serves on the Building for the 21st
 Century Commission created by then-Governor Gray Davis. He was chairman of
 the board of directors of the Los Angeles Arts Council and is a founding
 member of the Council of Entrepreneurs of UCLA's Anderson School of
 Management, where the Ziman Center for Real Estate is named in his honor.
 He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the USC Lusk Center for
 Real Estate and serves on the advisory boards of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate
 Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Fisher
 Center for Real Estate at the University of California at Berkeley and the
 Real Estate Institute of New York University.
     Ziman serves on the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew
 University of Jerusalem, where he is also a member of its Executive
 Committee and the Board of Overseers of its Rothberg International School.
 He is a past president and the current chairman of the Western States
 Region of the American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) a trustee
 and a member of the National Board of Directors of AFHU and co-chairman of
 its Executive Committee.
     "The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope's most prestigious honor and
 is reserved for those whose vision and dedication reflects our commitment
 to patients and to scientific advancement," said Michael A. Friedman, M.D.,
 City of Hope president and chief executive officer. "It is only fitting to
 honor Richard Ziman, whose extraordinary foresight, leadership and
 generosity have helped further City of Hope's excellence in cancer research
 and treatment."
     Past recipients of the Spirit of Life(R) Award include James Didion of
 CB Richard Ellis, Paul Hazen of Wells Fargo Bank, Bruce Karatz of KB Home,
 Robert J. Lowe of Lowe Enterprises, Robert F. Maguire III of Maguire
 Properties Inc., Edward P. Roski Jr. of Majestic Realty Co., Stan Ross of
 Ernst & Young, Steve Soboroff of Playa Vista, James A. Thomas of Thomas
 Properties Group and Ray Watt of Watt Commercial Properties.
     Chaired by Alexandra Glickman of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, the Los
 Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council for City of Hope
 shares a commitment to provide financial support for the institution's
 research, treatment and education programs.
     For information or to participate in this event, please call City of
 Hope at 800-553-6420.
     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 impact care throughout the nation.
 Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow
 transplantation and genetics and shares its scientific knowledge with
 medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling serious
 diseases. For more information, visit
     Roya Naqvi
     City of Hope

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