19 July 2024

City of Hope Spirit of Life Celebration Gala

The City of Hope Spirit of Life Celebration gala honoring Dr. Farouk Shami, chairman and founder of Farouk Systems, Inc., invited hundreds of esteemed beauty industry leaders to an enchanting evening of philanthropy, entertainment, and inspiration.

The City of Hope Spirit of Life Celebration Gala lived up to all expectations, honoring and providing an unforgettable evening for Dr. Farouk Shami. Hundreds of esteemed beauty industry leaders were on hand to celebrate an enchanting evening of philanthropy, entertainment, and inspiration.

The gala took place at the Zouk Nightclub in Resorts World in Las Vegas, Nevada. The spectacular fundraising event showcased the unwavering spirit and commitment of the beauty community to support groundbreaking research and compassionate patient care at City of Hope. This National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.

The Spirit of Life Award

The main objective of the gala is also to celebrate the presentation of the prestigious Spirit of Life Award. This year the award recognized beauty industry visionary and philanthropist, Dr. Farouk Shami. Shami has dedicated his success to making outstanding contributions to the beauty industry. Just as important is his unwavering commitment to philanthropy over the last 35 years. Indeed, Dr. Shami’s acceptance speech underscored the importance of giving back to the community. His is always focused on making a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Shami also expressed his admiration for the Spirit of Life Celebration. “City of Hope’s dedication to research and care aligns with the beauty industry’s values of empowerment and transformation.” He continued, “It is an honor to be part of this philanthropic endeavor.

City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Celebration provided a platform for attendees to engage in meaningful discussions, foster connections, and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the beauty industry. With beauty industry leaders from across the globe in attendance, the event served as a testament to the collective impact that can be made when like-minded individuals come together for a common purpose.

Business before pleasure…

Another highlight of the evening was a mesmerizing performance by country pop singer-songwriter Jesse James Decker. Her captivating stage presence and soulful voice filled the room, creating an atmosphere that had guests enthralled throughout the night. Decker’s powerful performance resonated with the audience, further reinforcing the unity and dedication of the beauty industry towards the cause.

As a testament to his philanthropic intentions, Dr. Shami generously donated $1 million dollars-worth of CHI Power Plus products and pledged 10% of the profits from future sales of those haircare products. His commitment went even further as he vowed to support City of Hope in reaching their $1 million fundraising goal.

Indeed, the funds raised during the Spirit of Life Celebration will directly benefit City of Hope’s groundbreaking research programs, patient care initiatives, and innovative treatment approaches, propelling the organization’s mission to eradicate cancer and improve the lives of patients worldwide.

This event shows the extraordinary power of unity and collaboration within the beauty industry,” said Dr. Shami. “We are immensely grateful to the attendees, sponsors, and supporters who have joined hands to make this evening a success. Together, we are making an impact on the lives of patients in need.


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