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
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
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
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 www.cityofhope.org.
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