City of Hope, the world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, announced that its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group will present its highest honor — The Spirit of LifeĀ® Award — to Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. The award will be presented during a gala dinner in October that is attended by the who’s who of the entertainment world. The Spirit of LifeĀ® Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the music industry and has been previously presented to such noted figures as Jon Platt, Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris and Sir Lucian Grainge.

“I’m honored to receive The Spirit of Life Award and proud to be included in such a distinguished group of past honorees,” Rhone said. “City of Hope’s extraordinary commitment and unparalleled approach to cancer and diabetes research and discovery of life-changing medical breakthroughs has impacted so many lives. I’m humbled to become part of such a heartfelt, inspiring mission and personally gratified to support its groundbreaking vision.”

Robert Stone, President & CEO of City of Hope, remarked, “City of Hope is proud to honor Sylvia Rhone for her passion, her ability to inspire others, and her collaborative and inclusive leadership. A visionary leader of extraordinary character, she has blazed a trail across the music industry, and we are excited to recognize her outstanding work with our most prestigious philanthropic award.”

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