More than $3 million was raised Wednesday night by the City of Hope’s 24th annual “Spirit of Life” dinner gala, one of the entertainment industry’s biggest annual gatherings. The white-tie event was held in a tent behind the Century Plaza Hotel & Towers.
The ceremony honored LaFace Records chieftains Antonio (L.A.) Reid and Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds, and attracted a record attendance of more than 1,500 movers and shakers.
Reid and Edmonds were recognized by the Duarte-based charity for their personal, professional and philanthropic achievements. John Sykes, VH1 prexy and last year’s honoree, presented the duo with the award.
Proceeds from the gala will be used to establish a fellowship in the pair’s honor at the City of Hope Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. The charity has raised nearly $30 million in its 25-year history.
Performances by LaFace artists Toni Braxton and Usher were MC’d by comedian-actor Bill Belamy.