LOS ANGELES, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sportsmen's Club Chapter for City of Hope will honor Daphna E. Ziman, film and television writer, producer and director, and chair and founder of Children Uniting Nations, as its 2006 Spirit of Life(R) Award honoree. Ziman will be presented with the award -- the highest honor bestowed by the world-renowned cancer research and treatment center -- at the group's 58th Annual Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show, May 12, 2006, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. More than 800 people are expected to fill the hotel's International Ballroom for the celebration. The Spirit of Life(R) Award is presented annually to individuals who have made notable contributions to both their community and profession. The Sportsmen's Club selected Ziman as this year's honoree for her dedication to City of Hope, as well as numerous other charities and education programs. Her charitable commitments have been unwavering, including working to create systemic changes that positively impact the lives of at-risk and foster children. Ziman championed the L.A. County Mentoring Model, which presents a viable solution to the challenges facing children in foster care and a program that is currently in congressional review for national replication. With equal tenacity, Ziman serves as a board member for multiple organizations and has been recognized numerous times for her achievements and contributions, including the 1999 Peace & Tolerance Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Advocacy; the 2002 "Congressional Angels in Adoption Award" from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute; the "Women of Achievement Award" from the North American Council for Adoptable Children; and the "Uniting Children of the World Award" from the Child Welfare League of America. "Daphna Ziman embodies the visionary leadership that is central to The Spirit of Life(R) Award," said luncheon co-chair Marilyn Freeman. "She is a well respected and an admirable leader and we are so happy that we are able to recognize her achievements and honor her in this way." Ziman joins an illustrious group of Sportsmen's Club honorees, including Fran Drescher, Kathy Hilton, Marion Ross, Mr. Blackwell, Lillian Zacky, Madame Sylvia Wu, Rhonda Fleming Mann, Maude Chasen, Nina Blanchard, Christine Essel, Peter Marshall, Linda Griego and Mo'Nique. The Sportsmen's Club Chapter for City of Hope was founded in 1937 and has been a dynamic force among all City of Hope support groups, raising more than $40 million. About City of Hope City of Hope is one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Named by U.S.News & World Report as one of America's best medical centers for cancer treatment, City of Hope is a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. City of Hope's scientific knowledge is shared with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling life-threatening diseases. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.
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