CITY OF HOPE SPIRIT OF LIFE GALA HONORING UMG CHAIRMAN DOUG MORRIS SHATTERS FUNDRAISING RECORDS
CHART-TOPPING SUPERSTARS MARIAH CAREY, RIHANNA, STEVIE NICKS, MAROON 5, AKON & DUFFY, AMONG MANY OTHERS, HELP RAISE NEARLY $10 MILLION FOR CITY OF HOPE
LOS ANGELES, CA, Thursday, October 16, 2008 – Chart-topping music superstars Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Akon, Maroon 5, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Keyshia Cole, Robin Thicke, Lee Ann Womack, Luis Fonsi & David Bisbal, Duffy, Jamie Cullum, Erykah Badu and The Clique Girlz, among others, helped City of Hope celebrate Doug Morris (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) by raising nearly $10 million for cancer research during their annual Spirit of Life® gala last night in Santa Monica. The event, which honored Mr. Morris for his outstanding contributions to the community and music industry, shattered fundraising records to make it one of the single largest one-night charity events in California state history. In addition to the star-studded performances mentioned above, the event also featured nearly two thousand attendees from the media, entertainment and technology industries, including Apple Chairman Steve Jobs, Universal Music Group President & COO Zach Horowitz, Motown founder Berry Gordy, David Geffen, MySpace co-founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, Activision Chairman & CEO Bobby Kotick, CBS, Inc President & CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Chairman & CEO Sumner Redstone, AEG President Tim Leiweke, Michael Tatelman, Dell Inc., and recording artists Jay-Z, the Jonas Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Lil Jon and Nelly, among many others.
“”City of Hope is so deeply honored to have the support of a remarkable industry leader like Doug Morris,”” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer, City of Hope. “”His tireless dedication as an executive and mentor is also mirrored in his philanthropic commitment. Under his leadership and through the efforts of so many outstandingly talented stars, this successful industry campaign is testament to the generosity of the Music and Entertainment industry and their belief in City of Hope’s lifesaving cancer research, treatment and education programs.””
Dell was the night’s leading sponsor in support of City of Hope’s cancer research. As part of their generous donation, the company donated laptops to be auctioned as part of a larger fund-raising program. “”Dell is proud to be part of the 2008 Spirit of Life Award and applauds City of Hope’s continued dedication to finding a cure for cancer,”” said Michael Tatelman, Vice President Consumer Sales & Marketing. “”We hope that Dell’s contribution can help the ongoing innovative research in this critical area.””
City of Hope is one of just 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the highest designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute and a recognition of excellence in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education. City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of top cancer centers that defines and sets standards for cancer care nationally.
As chairman and CEO of UMG, Mr. Morris is responsible for guiding the overall global activities of the world’s largest music company. UMG encompasses the development, marketing, sales and distribution of recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees in 77 countries around the world. UMG’s businesses also include the industry’s largest global music publishing operation, Universal Music Publishing Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Morris has worked with some of the most popular and influential artists of the past four decades including Bette Midler, Erykah Badu, INXS, Led Zeppelin, Mariah Carey, Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks and Tori Amos. Mr. Morris serves on the Board of Directors of The Robin Hood Foundation and The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as well as a Director of The Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) awarded Mr. Morris with the President’s Merit Award, honoring his consistent creative commitment to artistic and entrepreneurial excellence and longstanding support for the music and world communities. Mr. Morris also serves on the Vivendi Management Board, and is a member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation and leading gamer Activision Blizzard, the latter formed after Vivendi’s acquisition of Activision.
About City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope, and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and quality patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the Music and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 35 years of dedicated efforts, the group, one of many industry groups has grown to include all segments of the industry including record and publishing companies, artists, lawyers, managers, agents, artists, broadcasters, producers, and tech companies. The Group has raised well over $70 million to support ongoing programs at City of Hope. Its annual dinner honoring a key figure from the music world has become the most prestigious music industry charity event each year. For more information about City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry and the Spirit of Life Award, please call 800-544-3541, ext. 26540, or visit www.cityofhope.org/music.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “”America’s Best Hospitals”” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation. Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.