Tom BurfieldRepresentatives from San Miguel Produce Inc., Oxnard, sample some of their salad greens as part of Team Produce at the Walk for Hope to benefit City of Hope cancer hospital and research center in Duarte, Calif., Nov. 3.(UPDATED COVERAGE, Nov. 7) DUARTE, Calif. — Team Produce, an enthusiastic group of more than 120 Los Angeles-area produce industry employees, raised $7,500 for this year’s Walk for Hope — and sponsors kicked in another $50,000.
The annual 2-K/5-K walk benefits City of Hope cancer hospital and research center.
Sponsors contributed more than $50,000, and suppliers and retailers donated about $92,000 worth of produce that volunteers gave away to walkers and supporters at the Team Produce booth, said team captain Marty Craner, owner of B&C Fresh Sales, Orange, Calif.
This is the seventh year the produce industry has played a role in the walk.
“Our Team Produce is pleased to announce another successful year,” Craner said. “We are grateful that we have an opportunity to give back to our community and our industry.”
“Our fresh message is a great message,” she said, “and this annual event gives us the opportunity to spread our message.”
In all, about 7,000 people registered to walk in the 17th annual event, raising nearly $1 million, said Megyn Byrnes, the City of Hope’s director of national events.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of Team Produce,” she said.
The walk supported City of Hope’s research, treatment and education programs for all cancers unique to women.
Team co-captain Roger Schroeder, vice president of produce operation for Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif., said the produce industry got involved in the walk “to give back to the community and the City of Hope for all the good things that it does.”
“The City of Hope is one of those places that’s the future of conquering this disease,” he said.
For information about the City of Hope or to donate, visit www.cityofhope.org.
Team Produce sponsors included:
- Advantage Sales & marketing
- Apio Inc.
- B & C Fresh Sales
- Bolthouse Farms
- Caldwell Fresh Foods
- California Avocado Commission
- Coast Produce Co.
- Crunch Pak
- D LJ Produce Inc.
- Hollandia Produce LLC
- ICD Davis Lewis Orchards
- Litehouse Foods
- Perimeter Sales & Merchandising
- Progressive Produce
- Ready Pac Foods Inc.
- San Miguel Produce Inc.
- Spectrum Floral Service
- Stater Bros. Markets
- Temkin International
- Umina Bros. Inc.
- Valley Fruit & Produce Co.
- Veg-Fresh Farms Inc.
- Westlake Produce Co.
- WJL Distributors Inc.
- Naked Juice
- Smart & Final