Calif. Insurance Council Raises $540K for City of Hope

November 3, 2003

The California Insurance Council, a group of insurance industry leaders dedicated to supporting the lifesaving research and treatment programs at City of Hope Cancer Center, raised $540,000 during the group’s annual dinner gala held Oct. 25 at Union Station in Los Angeles.

In addition to the dinner, attended by more than 500 people, the group honored business and civic leader Martin D. Feinstein, chairman, president and CEO of Farmers Group Inc. with The Spirit of Life Award for his exceptional achievements as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian. The award—the highest honor presented on behalf of City of Hope—was given during a special ceremony highlighting the exceptional work that he has done. The gala caps off a successful year of fund-raising activity for the industry group, which included a golf tournament and a special “Monte Carlo” night in Northern California.

“The Insurance Council is fortunate to have Martin Feinstein’s vision and leadership as we work together to further the scientific advancements of City of Hope,” said California Insurance Council chairman, Tony Anastanio. “Martin’s outstanding dedication to public service and philanthropy epitomizes the humanitarian principles on which City of Hope was founded.”

As chairman, president and CEO of Farmers Group, Inc., Feinstein leads one of the strongest insurance companies in the United States. In addition to his leadership role with Farmers Group, he is also a member of the Group Management Board – Zurich Financial Services.

“The California Insurance Council gala is an exciting evening where we can both recognize a philanthropic leader in the insurance community and share with others City of Hope’s mission of combining pioneering therapies with compassionate care,” said Roy Forbes, director of Development at City of Hope.

The California Insurance Council is comprised of concerned and dedicated leaders in the insurance industries. This group has a long and distinguished history of support for City of Hope and has raised more than $9 million to benefit groundbreaking research and treatment programs at City of Hope.

Previous recipients of The Spirit of Life Award include Bernard Hengesbaugh of CNA Financial, Joe Stinnette of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and Tom McKernan of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

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