The City of Hope tonight honored BMI's Frances W. Preston with the medical center's highest honor, the Spirit of Life Award. The crystal figurine representing a family was presented to Preston by Warner Brothers Records President Phil Quartararo, last year's Spirit of Life honoree, at a gala dinner at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport.
Frances W. Preston with the "Spirit of Life" award
Michael Bolton, Frances W. Preston and Jon Secada
It was announced at the dinner that more than $3 million dollars had been raised during the 2000 campaign, which included various sport and music activities, including the dinner.
Shown at the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Chapter's "Spirit of Life" award dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 are, l to r: Neil Portnow, President of the Music and Entertainment Industry board and VP, West Coast Operations, Jive/Zomba; Don Passman, esq., Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Industry board; Zach Horowitz, Board member/Major Gifts Chair and President/COO Universal Music Group; Charles Goldstuck, East Coast National Campaign Chair and President/COO, J Records; Frances W.Preston, President & CEO, BMI; David Simone, Board member; Mary Jo Mennella, West Coast National Campaign Chair and Sr. VP/GM Music Publishing, Fox Music; Bruce Resnikoff, Board Member/Endowment Chair and President Universal Muisc Special Markets; John Frankenheimer, esq., West Coast Co-Chair, attorney; and Bruce Hinton, Nashville Co-Chair and Chairman, MCA Nashville
In accepting the award Preston, BMI's President & CEO, said: "Hope�It is the center of our lives and the City of Hope stands as the proud reminder for all of us to share that which we have been fortunate to receive."
Artists Michael Bolton, James Ingram (with Patti Austin) and Jon Secada performed in tribute to Preston. David Foster served as Musical Producer.
The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer and other serious diseases, including diabetes and HIV/AIDS. The work conducted at City of Hope is shared with medical centers worldwide, touching the lives of millions of people everywhere. City of Hope is located in Greater Los Angeles.