AICO's Chuck Reilly to Chair City of Hope Group
August 2, 2013,
He takes over a role most recently held by co-chairs Jena Hall of Jena Hall Associates and Roger Friesen of Casana Furniture.
"Passion is contagious, and Jena and Roger have spread their passion for City of Hope, touching so many and inspiring us all to give our time and hearts to such a great cause," said Reilly, who began his new role in late April.
"Our industry longs for campaigns that unite us for a common cause. Our involvement in City of Hope offers an opportunity to make a significant difference globally in the fight against cancer and diabetes and, at the same time, brings us together as a unified industry striving to better ourselves as a whole."
The City of Hope is a medical and research institution devoted to finding cures for life threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
Reilly, who previously served on the group's West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament committee, will act as a liaison between the City of Hope and industry supporters. He will also assist with the selection of honorees and new volunteers and help unify supporters' national fund-raising efforts.
Hall and Friesen will remain involved by serving on the industry group's executive committee, focusing on national and regional efforts to support the organization. Hall was on the group's national board for 16 years before becoming co-chair in 2006. Friesen has supported the organization since 2004 and became co-chair in 2008.
Each year, the National Home Furnishings Industry group honors outstanding figures in the industry. This spring it presented its most prestigious philanthropic honor, the Spirit of Life Award, to Michael Amini of AICO and the Goldberg family - Neil, Steve and Michael - of retailer Raymour & Flanigan.
Later this spring, it will present the Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional professional, personal, and philanthropic accomplishments at the West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament in Coto de Caza, Calif. Larry Harrow and Jason Harrow of Hollywood Bed Frame Co. will be presented with this award on June 10. The West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament chairman is Rick Powell, president of Ashjer LLC.