City of Hope Working on COVID-19 Vaccine

City of Hope Working on COVID-19 Vaccine

(APRIL 2, 2020)  In a letter from National Business Products Industry Chair Scott Light of Georgia Pacific and HP’s Stephanie Dismore, the 2020 Spirit of Life Honoree, it was revealed that City of Hope is using its resources to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. It was also confirmed that the annual Bob Parker Memorial Golf Outing – scheduled for mid-May – has been postponed. The full letter is below:

Amidst growing concern surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), City of Hope and the National Business Products Industry Council have made the decision to postpone the annual Bob Parker Memorial Golf Outing scheduled for May 11-12, 2020 in Kiawah, South Carolina. These are difficult days for all of us, and we must act out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidelines provided by the government and public health officials to help ensure the well-being of our vast City of Hope community of supporters and their families as our number one priority.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves, in partnership with our event host, International Paper, and Dinner Sponsor, Staples, and will reschedule the event when conditions improve accordingly. In the coming weeks, we will also work to assess the viability of other upcoming City of Hope fundraising events currently slated for June and beyond, in cooperation with each of our event hosts, as travel, event and gathering restrictions evolve.

In the meantime, we are proud to share that City of Hope is leveraging the immense power of its resources to respond to the challenges of this global pandemic. To learn about City of Hope’s efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, please visit the City of Hope website. Having witnessed first-hand the tremendous talent, innovation, infrastructure and collaboration that exists at City of Hope, it’s no surprise to see City of Hope step up and take on these significant challenges as an industry leader.

We recognise that these are challenging, uncertain times, but as we have seen over the course of nearly 40 years, our industry’s collective support can have a powerful, significant impact on City of Hope’s ability to change the future of health, and today, that support is more critical than ever. As such, we ask that our City of Hope supporters from across the National Business Products Industry continue to provide planned 2020 donations and support during this important time of need.

Thank you again for all that you do to support City of Hope, and until we can meet again, we wish you and your families, employees and business associates continued health and wellness. - (OPI)