City of Hope to Honor Community Leader and Philanthropist Daphna E. Ziman at 58th Annual Sportsmen's Club Luncheon, May 12

Apr 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from City of Hope

    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.
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