Dozens of produce companies donated a total of $90,000 worth of fresh produce for the annual Walk for Hope cancer fundraiser Nov. 4. Team Produce raised more than $75,000 for the City of Hope cancer hospital and research center in Duarte, Calif. ( Courtesy Team Produce )

Team Produce raised more than $75,000 during the Walk for Hope at the City of Hope cancer hospital and research center in Duarte, Calif.

This was the 12th year representatives of the Southern California produce industry took part in the event, which raises funds to fight women’s cancers.

More than 100 members of the produce industry, together with friends and family, took part as volunteers for the Nov. 4 event, and more than 50 produce people registered for the 2K/5K walk, said Marty Craner, owner of B&C Fresh Sales, Orange, Calif., who again was team captain.

The industry donated and distributed more than $90,000 worth of fresh produce at the Team Produce booth to more than 6,000 participants.

Volunteers also gave out 2,000 carnations to cancer survivors, Craner said.

“Team Produce’s longtime support of Walk for Hope has had a tremendous impact on women’s cancers survivors and patients, as well as those yet to be diagnosed,” said Alyson Sprafkin, senior director of signature events development for City of Hope.

“It is inspiring to see this industry unite in generosity to save lives.”

The annual donation from Team Produce underscores City of Hope’s commitment to healthy living, she said.

“We are truly fortunate to count Team Produce among our incredible network of supporters.”

Product donors and sponsors included:

  • Apio
  • American Business Bank
  • B & C Fresh Sales
  • Bristol Farms
  • Cabo Fresh
  • Consolidated West
  • Del Monte
  • DLJ
  • Dole Vegetable
  • Evolution Fresh
  • Farmer John
  • Fresh Gourmet
  • Giumarra
  • Good Foods
  • Great West
  • Green Fruit
  • Hollandia
  • Litehouse
  • Marie’s
  • Moonlight
  • Perimeter Sales
  • Preferred Sales
  • Prime Time
  • Progressive Produce
  • Pura Vida
  • Ready Pac
  • San Miguel Produce
  • Setton Farms
  • Smart and Final
  • Specialty Fresh
  • Spectrum Floral
  • Stater Brothers
  • Temkin International
  • Umina Bros.
  • VegFresh
  • WJL Distributors
  • Western Mixers
  • Westlake Produce
  • Zola

Los Angeles-based Umina Bros. Inc. consolidated and transported all of the products, Craner said.

 

 
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