Emilio and Gloria Estefan to Be Honored by Latin Entertainment Industry for City of Hope
Fund-raising Gala slated for November 18, 2004
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Latin Entertainment Industry Group for City of Hope announced today that it has selected Emilio and Gloria Estefan as the 2004 Spirit of Life(R) Award honorees. This award will mark another instance in which the couple has received recognition together as a couple for their crowning achievements in both the Latin and non-Hispanic entertainment industries. Since the inception of the Latin Entertainment Industry group, Estefan Enterprises has played a significant supportive role for City of Hope, the world-renowned biomedical research facility. The award will be presented at a star-studded, gala dinner on November 18, 2004. Proceeds from the event will benefit City of Hope's research, treatment and education programs for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Launched in 2002, the Latin Entertainment Industry plays a pivotal role in supporting the innovative programs at City of Hope Cancer Center, so that the doctors, researchers and scientists can find a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Since its inception, the Latin Entertainment Industry made a commitment to create and support this campaign. BMG Latin, EMI Latin, Sony, Universal, Univision Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Inc. and Warner Music Latina joined forces in this effort. The founding members decided it was pertinent to broaden the industry group to include representatives from other facets of the Latin entertainment industry and overall business community in South Florida. "It is with great pride and reverence that we accept this honor," said Emilio. "As an executive board member for the Latin Entertainment Industry for City of Hope, I am intimately aware of the important work of this organization and that people in Miami, and everywhere, benefit from its mission and resources. Gloria and I are pleased to be a part of this new movement by our fellow community members to support an organization that provides lifesaving therapies to Latinos." "Emilio and Gloria exemplify the meaning of The Spirit of Life Award with their outstanding presence in the music and entertainment industry and their steadfast commitment to working with the community. Both are well respected and considered icons in the industry," said Julian Linares, chair of the Latin Entertainment Industry Group. "We are very proud of Emilio and Gloria, and so happy that we are able to recognize their achievements and honor them in this way." City of Hope's most prestigious honor, The Spirit of Life Award, is presented to individuals each year who have made a notable contribution to both their community and profession. The Latin Entertainment Industry fund-raising group for City of Hope selects honorees for its Spirit of Life Award who have fundamentally influenced the direction of the Latin entertainment industry. For more information about The Spirit of Life Award, please call 800-275-1587, Ext. 13. About Emilio Estefan Admiringly, he's been able to actualize his dreams while embracing his cultural heritage, having produced the most successful world-wide crossover artists of our time, including Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Jon Secada and, of course, his wife Gloria. His numerous musical creations, which are fused with the rhythms, beats, sensibilities and attitudes of his native homeland have earned him global acclaim including 12 GRAMMY Awards(R). His limitless dreams, unfettering drive, and innovative spirit have secured him a significant spot in the entertainment world. About Gloria Estefan Known far and wide as the "Queen of Latin Pop," Gloria Estefan is one of the most recognized artists in the world. Billions have heard her, millions have seen her perform and over 70 million of her albums have been sold worldwide, making her the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. A five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, philanthropist and humanitarian, this superstar's career is paved in platinum. Since bursting into the public eye in 1985 as the enigmatic front woman of the Miami Sound Machine with the hit song Conga, she has been in a state of perpetual, often radical, creative evolution. Through her magnetic persona and transcendent music, Gloria hopes to continue inspiring fans from around the world to continue reaching "higher." 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 pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. Founded in 1913, 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. City of Hope's scientific knowledge is shared with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling life-threatening diseases around the corner and around the world. For more information, please call 800-260-HOPE or visit the Web site at www.cityofhope.org. City of Hope...Where the Power of Knowledge Saves Lives(SM).
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