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).
 
 

SOURCE City of Hope

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