Stan Ross was awarded the 1999 "Spirit of Life Award" by the Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Industries Council and the City of Hope at a dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. He was given the honor in recognition of lifetime personal, professional and philanthropic achievements. Ross is the retired vice chairman of real estate industry services at Ernst & Young and new chairman of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.
Among the 1,100 business leaders present for the dinner were real estate industry executives Sam Zell of Equity Office Properties, Donald Bren of the Irvine Co., Richard Ziman of Arden Realty, Kenneth Leventhal of E&Y Kenneth Leventhal and James Didion of CB Richard Ellis. Following a keynote address by Zell, Leventhal and Ziman presented Ross with the award.
In addition to the funds generated by the tribute dinner, Ross and his wife Marilyn personally contributed $1 million to the City of Hope. The donation will fund the Marilyn and Stan Ross Specialty Clinics - surgical and consulting areas that provide services to patients undergoing cancer treatment. The City of Hope is located in Duarte, 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
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