CERRITOS, CA — The annual Fresh Produce & Floral Council raffle luncheon benefiting the City of Hope drew a sell-out audience of produce professionals to the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel, here, Aug. 9. Through donations, programs and raffle tickets, the Produce & Floral Division of the Food Industries Circle raised more than $300,000 for the City of Hope, a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.
During the luncheon, Brad Martin, Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, received the City of Hope Spirit Award recognizing his efforts in this cause.
Laura Sterling of Zespri.
FPFC Chairwoman Connie Stukenberg of the California Avocado Commission with Bill Brooks of Westlake Produce Co.
Mike Pierson and Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce.
Nadar Borooshan, Natalie Machado and Ryan Driscoll of FreshSource.
Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co. and Gary Caloroso of the Giumarra Cos.
Barbara and Paul Villa of Great West Produce.
Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados and Rachelle Schulken of Renaissance Good Group.
Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final with Raul Gallegos of Melissa’s Produce.
Irma Zaldivar of Ellis Certified Public Accountants and Erik Dickerson of American Business Bank.
Dave Cruz of the California Avocado Commission and Garrett Nishimori of San Miguel Produce.
Daniel Russell and Danielle Echeveria of Grimmway Farms.
Dave Moore and Kyle Hammans of Earthbound Farms flank Amanda Grillo of CMC Sales & Marketing.
Bob Waldusky of Fresh Gourmet with Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC.
Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales, Billy Pasos of Ready Pac and Jules Buehler of North Shore Sales & Marketing.
Mary Ann Gunther and Jason Ottolini of Farmington Fresh.
Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros. Markets and Rob McDougall (right) of Gelson’s Markets present the City of Hope Spirit Award to Brad Martin of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Glen Tomkiewicz and Kellee Harris of the Giumarra Cos.
This check represents a portion of the more than $300,000 donated by the fresh produce and floral industry to City of Hope.
Amy Keelin and Christine Keelin of MPK Foods.
Pat McDowell of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising with Nick Castro, Rob McDougall (luncheon emcee) and John Fujii of Gelson’s Markets.