November 14, 2018 | Katie Rogina
Last week, Spinitar, guests and sponsors raised more than $87,000 (the most money raised year-over-year) for City of Hope, a cancer treatment and research center located in Southern California, at the fourth annual Spinitar 'Golf for Hope’ charity event.
The sold out event took place in the heart of Orange County at Tustin Ranch Golf Course on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Each year Spinitar brings together AV industry partners, customers, family and friends in the effort to raise awareness for those who suffer from cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.
Guests who attended the event experienced a day's worth of golf, friendly competitions, raffle prizes, silent auction opportunities, awards, dinner and a reception.
This year’s special guest speaker was City of Hope, Leukemia survivor, Alex Tung, who shared his experience of what it was like to go from a healthy, happy and active Southern California native to learning he only had six months to live.
““My first day at City of Hope felt more like I was being admitted to my freshman year in college. Instead of feeling like I was in a traditional hospital about to battle cancer alone and afraid, I felt more like I was at a center where everyone and everything is dedicated and designed to help people beat cancer and survive. Everyone at City of Hope is courteous, professional and compassionate, and knows exactly what it takes to keep the patients encouraged, motivated and optimistic about beating cancer.”- Alex Tung, Guest Speaker, Leukemia Survivor and City of Hope Patient
Over the past four years, Spinitar has raised more than $300,000 for City of Hope, all of which has gone directly to the non-profit organization.
“We are very proud to be able to support City of Hope for the fourth year in a row. We are thrilled that so many Spinitar industry partners, customers, and employees share in our interest to be a part of supporting such a great cause.” Said Spinitar principal, Jeff Irvin.
Also in attendance this year was celebrity guest, Andy Buckley, who is best known for his role as David Wallace on the American comedy series, The Office. Being a true supporter of City of Hope, Buckley addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support and participation. This was Buckley’s second year in attendance at ‘Golf for Hope’.
This year’s platinum sponsors included, Crestron, Legrand AV and Planar Systems. Gold sponsors included, Allied Steel Co., Harman and Sharp. The hole-in-one sponsor was Rusnak Land Rover of Anaheim Hills.
Check out the event photos here.