The 8th Annual Kure It Cancer Research Bay Cruise this evening will honor the memory of founder and self-storage veteran Barry Hoeven, who passed on June 16. The cruise will depart from the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif., and include drinks, food and networking. It will follow the cocktail reception for the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) Self Storage Owners Summit, an education and networking event. Held in partnership with CSSA, the bay cruise is free to CSSA summit participants. Several industry operators and vendors will serve as co-sponsors.
Hoeven was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998. In 2007, he partnered with cancer center City of Hope to create the Kure It! Kidney Cancer Research Fund, which raised more than $400,000. Kure It Inc. was established in January 2010 to grant funds to cancer researchers investigating progressive treatments and cures. To date, the nonprofit has raised $4.7 million, according to its website.
Hoeven also founded Westport Properties Inc. in 1985. The company operates more than 100 facilities in 13 states under the US Storage Centers brand.
The self-storage veteran grew up in La Canada, Calif., and played football for his high school team. He attended the University of Southern California, earning a business degree in 1972 and a Master of Business Administration degree a year later. Hoeven is survived by his wife, Alison; daughter, Hilary; sons Drew and Chasen; and five grandchildren.