The internet’s been abuzz with images of Beyonce’s stunning champagne colored Ralph and Russo dress and angelic performances of “XO”, “Ave Maria”, “Halo” and Ed Sheernan’s “Perfect”. This was her first solo performance since the end of her wildly successful OTR II tour with husband Jay-Z, but there’s so much more.
The event raised more than $6 million for City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The event honored Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. The gala was hosted by producer/entertainer, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z presented the organization’s highest award to Jon Platt – Jon has worked with Beyonce since 2005.
A group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973 inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution’s commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care. In its 45-year history, this group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.
“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”
“I am happy to be in a room that celebrates Jon and the important work he does behind the scenes,” said Beyoncé. “City of Hope has done much needed research and has provided quality care for patients for over a hundred years. I am honored to be a part of an event that represents an organization that works so tirelessly caring for others first and foremost.”
Each year City of Hope recognizes a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film or overall entertainment. The coveted Spirit of Life® award is its highest honor. Jon Platt joins an impressive list of past honorees including Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris, and Sir Lucian Grainge.
For more information about donating to City of Hope, please visit CityofHope.org.
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It was my pleasure to honor my friend Jon Platt for all the good work he does for The City of Hope. City of Hope makes creating medical miracles its priority in the fight against cancer and life-threatening diseases. If you’d like to help, you can contact them at cityofhope.org.