City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry Spirit of Life Award Gala had more than 850 beauty industry executives and supporters in attendance on July 12, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas to honor Harlan Kirschner, president of The Kirschner Group, Inc. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and life-threatening diseases.
“Celebrating Cures” - the theme for this year’s event, celebrated the hope of new treatmetns, even cures, for cancer and other diseases. The celebration featured a joint cocktail reception with the Professional Beauty Association, silent auction, MINI Cooper giveaway and a special performance by Grammy winner Michael Bolton. To date, the “Celebrating Cures” campaign has raised more than $850,000 for City of Hope.
The special guest speaker, Chris Crellin, who is also Kirschner’s son-in-law, highlighted the importance of "Celebrating Cures." Crellin lost his his father to the disease when he was a small child and, as a 15-year-old, battled for his own life against Hodgkin lymphoma. At the time, as an athletic teen and with his entire high school career ahead of him, Crellin found his diagnosis devastating. Now, he told the audience, he's 15 years cancer-free and recently celebrated the birth of his first-born son (and Kirschner’s first grandchild).
The 2014 MINI Cooper, donated by Eddie Jhin and Jinny Corp., was won by Teresa Lan of HairUWear, a two-time cancer survivor herself. Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez announced the winner to screams from the audience.
Plans for the remodel of the Positive Image Center at City of Hope were unveiled at the event. The center focuses on the emotional and physical well-being of patients struggling with the appearance-related side effects of surgery and cancer treatment. Belvedere, a leader in the manufacture of salon furniture and equipment, is donating its time and product to redesign the Positive Image Center and create a space that is both functional and a place of tranquility for the patients.
City of Hope’s 2015 Spirit of Life Award honoree was announced as Steve Goddard, president of hair product manufacturer Pravana.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Thank you to the numerous companies that donated including American International Beauty, ColorProof Evolved Color Care, Revitalash, Redken, The Kirschner Group, Jinny Beauty, Creative Age Publications, Modern Salon, Graham Family Foundation, Helen of Troy, JCPenney Salons, Joico/Zotos, KAO USA, Matrix, Paul Mitchell Systems, Professional Beauty Association, Revlon Professional Brands, SalonCentric and Wella.
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