From L to R: Cushman & Wakefield’s Hanna Kim Yoon, Yumi Goto, Jae Yoo, Sophia Hwang, Annie Canada

As a member of “Building Hope,” Cushman & Wakefield’s Jae Yoo and other Los Angeles real estate community leaders raise funds and awareness for City of Hope, a leading local research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.

This year, the group hosted its 4th Annual Monte Carlo Night, with proceeds benefitting City of Hope’s Junior Investigator Research Development Awards. By providing flexible funding for early-stage concepts, this award program establishes competitive, prestigious research opportunities for several of City of Hope’s most innovative young scientists to pursue their ideas.

“Our annual fundraising goal every year is not only realistic but also practical,” said Jae. “Our first-ever goal was $50,000 to purchase a DNA extraction machine, which was much-needed in the pediatric department. This year we are aiming to raise $70,000 for the Junior Investigator Research Development Awards and a good chunk of that will come from this event.” (Donations are still be accepted—click here.)

Monte Carlo Night took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with more than 300 people in attendance enjoying dinner, drinks, casino games, and a silent auction. In addition, the evening featured City of Hope patient and three-time cancer survivor Caroline Rose Neely sharing her inspirational story. Jae and his Cushman & Wakefield team members were one of the sponsors of the event on behalf of the firm.

Jae, an Executive Board member of the organization Building Hope, has been involved with Building Hope since 2013 and promotes the various fundraisers throughout the year to ensure they are successful. Founded in 2011, the mission of the Building Hope initiative is to raise funding and awareness for City of Hope by connecting with Los Angeles real estate professionals under 40 years of age.

“Building Hope’s activities support a state-of-the-art medical facility that saves lives. We had a great turnout for Monte Carlo Night and are on track to hit our goal,” said Jae.

Click here for more information about Building Hope.