The California Self Storage Association raised $30,000 this month for the Kure It! Kidney Cancer Research Fund, a not-for-profit affiliate fund of the City of Hope National Medical Center. Donations were collected during the inaugural Kure It! Networking Cruise and Poker Run in Newport Beach, Calif., on July 16.
The fundraiser was attended by more than 100 industry professionals who participated earlier that day in the Self-Storage Owner’s Summit, hosted by the CSSA and Davies Ingersoll Capital Partners. During the event, boat captains cruised along Balboa Bay, stopping at designated locations to draw poker cards. At the end, prizes were awarded those with the best five-card hand.
Kure It! was founded in 2007 by Barry Hoeven, president of US Storage Centers and Westport Properties Inc. The organization is dedicated to funding kidney-cancer research under the direction of Dr. Robert Figlin, Associate Director for Clinical Oncology at City of Hope in Los Angeles. In two years, Kure It! has raised more than $400,000, Hoeven said.
“Kidney cancer has unfortunately touched many within our association. We are dedicated to continuing our efforts to help find a cure,” said CSSA President Jim McNamee.
The Self-Storage Owner’s Summit, produced annually by the CSSA, highlights issues relevant to facility owners. This year’s event featured a state-of-the-industry address by Spencer Kirk, president and CEO of Extra Space Storage Inc., and a panel discussion about self-storage real estate.