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Gala to Feature Private Concert by Collins

Gala to Feature Private Concert by CollinsThe worlds of music, fashion, and publishing are set to join forces once again for a gala benefit dinner in New York City to support the world-renowned City of Hope Medical Center. On November 13th, a host of luminaries will be on hand to honor multi-platinum Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins and Conde Nast Publications President and CEO Steven T. Florio, who will be jointly presented with the Spirit of Life award. The highlight of the event, which will take place at Cipriani on 42nd Street, will be a rare private concert by Phil Collins and his band.

The Benefit Chairs are Richard D. Beckman, EVP/Chief Marketing Officer for Conde Nast Publications, and Ron Shapiro, Co-President of Atlantic Records. This will mark the second annual gala presented by The Fashion and Media Industry for City of Hope, which was launched in 2001 as an effort to raise funds, as well as awareness in New York City for the California-based center for advanced research and treatment of life-threatening diseases. Last year's event honored Rod Stewart and Richard Beckman.

The benefit will come just one day after the release of Collins' new album for Atlantic Records, "TESTIFY." His first all-new solo album in six years, it is also his first new music since the release of his smash soundtrack for the Disney animated feature, Tarzan, which earned Collins the triumphant triple crown of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy in 2000. Collins has earned seven Grammy Awards and sold 250 million albums around the world (as a solo artist and with his former group, Genesis). "TESTIFY" features the new hit single, "Can't Stop Loving You."

Steven T. Florio was named President of Conde Nast Publications in 1994, and he became Chief Executive Officer in 1996. As President and C.E.O., he oversees the publication of Conde Nast's 17 magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour, Wired, Gourmet, and House & Garden. Florio began his career at Advance Publications, Conde Nast's parent company, in 1980, as Publisher of GQ. In 1985, Florio was appointed President of The New Yorker and in 1988, he became the magazine's C.E.O. He began his publishing career at Esquire.

The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center located in the Greater Los Angeles area, 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, Where the Power of Knowledge Saves Lives(TM).

For ticket information, contact Rick Boylan at City of Hope: 800/732-7205.

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