In 1982, the City of Hope’s Tucson chapter honored real estate entrepreneur Lew McGinnis as its Man of the Year and received the Spirit of Life Award for his donations to building the new City of Hope medical facility in Duarte, California. Lew McGinnis, a businessman since his youth, had made his name well-known across Arizona as a developer and as a philanthropist.
The more than $50,000 raised at that event more than three decades ago went toward funding life-saving care at the hospital for people stricken with devastating illnesses. City of Hope supporters pointed out at the time that every dollar raised to support the hospital would result in approximately $3 worth of patient care.
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