Cerritos, CA — The annual Southern California Fresh Produce & Floral Council Membership Luncheon featuring City of Hope drew a huge audience of produce professionals to the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Through donations, rebate programs and raffle tickets, the Produce & Floral Division of the Food Industries Circle raised more than $240,000 for the City of Hope, a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.
During the luncheon, Cheryl Kennick, senior director of development at City of Hope, received the City of Hope Spirit Award for her tireless efforts. Jerry Scorsatto, retired director of merchandising for Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and a cancer survivor, gave an emotional speech about the efforts of the City of Hope and his courageous battle with cancer.
Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce and Bill Brooks of Westlake Produce Co.
Dino Iacovino of Altar, Audrey Dunne of Apio/Eat Smart and Kelly Craner of B&C Fresh Sales.
Keith Tsuchiyama and John Savidan of Bristol Farms.
Brian Cook of Pete’s Living Greens, Emily Fragoso of MIXTEC Group and Marty Craner of B&C Fresh Sales.
Jin Ju Wilder of LA & SF Specialty and Frieda Caplan of Frieda’s Inc.
Dan Acevedo of GreenFruit Avocados and Daniela Cano of Fruitripe Services.
Laura Sterling of Zespri Kiwifruit and Robin Osterhues of Harvest Sensations.
Jeff Kyer of Advantage Fresh with Kelsey Cardamone and Phil Fendyn of Renaissance Food Group.
Matt Hubbard, Karen Caplan and Frank Abbate of Frieda’s Inc.
Steven Muro of Fusion Marketing and Marji Morrow of Rockwell Morrow.
Doug Lalonde and Jay Helberg of Valley Fruit & Produce flank Jeff Sunahara of Westlake Produce Co.
Jeff Oberman PRO*ACT with Jennifer Ho of General Produce.
Troy LeCheminant of Westlake Produce Co. with Lynnie Nojadera and Marvin Quebec of Quebec Distributing Co.
Vanessa Romero of QSI Produce and Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final.
Ali Moezzi of Northgate Market and Mary Fosado of Vision Produce Co.
Amanda Grillo of CMC Sales & Marketing with John Harrington of Perimeter Sales & Merchandising.
Susie Rae of West Pak Avocados with Randy Marsh of Legacy Farms.
Sonia Sigur of Melissa’s Produce and Ernie Peraza of House Foods with Jake Macek and Bernadette Berumen of California Specialty Farms.
Therese Ferrara of Preferred Sales LLC and Rick Klontz of Litehouse Foods.
Nancy Betancourt of Vision Produce Co. picks up the winning $5,000 raffle prize won by the company.
Michelle Zieger of Pactiv LLC with Jeff Boles and Rachel Donnan of Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.
Jennifer Zendejas of FreshSource and Amy Keelin of MPK Foods.
Monica Cordero and Natali Carrillo of Gold Coast Packing flank Alfonso Cano of Albertsons.
Kyle Hammans, Sarah Burns, Dave Moore and Kevin Trisko of Earthbound Farms.
Blair Butterworth of Grimmway Farms/Cal Organic and Lisa McNeece of Grimmway Farms.