City of Hope fetes Live Nation Entertainment exec

Live Nation Entertainment executive chairman Irving Azoff and his spouse Shelli have been named the 2011 recipients of City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award.

It is the first time a couple has been so honored. Irving Azoff is the first individual to be recognized twice; he was feted by the charitable unit 27 years ago.

Proceeds from the Spirit of Life gala, to be held next year on a date to be determined, benefit research, treatment and education programs for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases at Duarte, Calif.-based City of Hope.

City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $89 million to date. Recent honorees include AEG prexy-CEO Tim Leiweke, Universal Music Group chairman-chief exec Doug Morris and Disney Music Group chairman Bob Cavallo.

Attorney Gary Stiffelman, president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Group, called the Azoffs “a model of philanthropic commitment and an inspiration to everyone who seeks to make cancer a curable and ultimately preventable disease.”

Veteran manager and exec Irving Azoff ascended to the top at LNE upon the company’s merger with Ticketmaster this year (Daily Variety, Jan. 26).

He is also chairman and CEO of Front Line Management, the LNE unit.

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