Save Mart Luminary Steve Junqueiro to Be Honored with City of Hope’s Prestigious Spirit of Life® Award

12:00 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Businesswire
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City of Hope’s Northern California Food Industries Circle will honor Steve Junqueiro, former chief operating officer of The Save Mart Companies, with its 2017 Spirit of Life® Award. The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and philanthropic achievement.

Junquerio’s passion for the grocery and produce industry has been incredible. During the 43 years of service to The Save Mart Companies, he rose through the ranks holding operations and merchandising positions ranging from produce clerk, produce manager, produce merchandiser, produce operations supervisor, director of Produce & Floral, and vice president of Operations. To oversee the huge acquisition in 2007, Junqueiro became executive vice president. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in early 2008 and held the role of president until March 2014 when he then co-shared this role and remained the COO. Junquerio’s leadership has built an operational team that works with conviction, credibility and compassion.

Junqueiro’s civic commitment to serving his team, employees and the greater community flourished through his work with City of Hope. He has served on the board of the Northern California Food Industries Circle for more than 20 years, acting as a member, board chair and Executive Committee member. He has spearheaded many local philanthropic efforts for City of Hope, knowing that the funds raised go to help children and adults who receive life-altering health diagnoses.

“Steve’s passion for the work and the people of City of Hope is unwavering. His leadership allowed The Save Mart Companies to partner with City of Hope to support critical research and provide valuable services to so many families at such a critical time in their lives,” said Nicole Pesco, chief executive officer of The Save Mart Companies.

Junqueiro will receive the Spirit of Life Award on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at the 39th annual Festival Ball event at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. The Spirit of Life honor was last bestowed in 2009 to industry legend, Henry Michon. This year’s black-tie gala will feature entertainment by comedian, Paul Mecurio, and includes a VIP reception, cocktail hour, auction, seated dinner, The Spirit of Life Award program and a lively after party. For information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or to make a donation, visit or contact Jess Powers at 415-788-1002 or

About the Food Industries Circle

Since its inception in 1978, The Northern California Food Industries Circle (NCFIC) has represented a uniquely combined commitment among retailers, brokers, distributors, manufacturers and associated vendors to support City of Hope’s humanitarian efforts. More than 80 leading executives from every corner of the trade represent this industry-wide volunteer effort serving on City of Hope’s NCFIC board. Joined by hundreds of companies and colleagues who participate in annual fundraising campaigns, these dedicated individuals have raised more than $40 million to support the lifesaving research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 48 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.

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About Save Mart

Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products, ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 207 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit:

City of Hope
Denise Heady, 800-888-5323


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