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Spirit of Life Award Gala

Spirit of Life Award Gala
The 2014 Spirit of Life Award Gala
Celebrating Cures honoring
Harlan Kirschner,The Kirschner Group, Inc.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Spirit of Life Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for a century, and whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration. Recipients of this prestigious award include a broad range of leaders from the world of business, entertainment, science and philanthropy. What connects them is a shared commitment to elevating the human condition and a profound belief in the power of each individual to effect change.
The Spirit of Life, by its very name, represents the intangible qualities that make an individual’s life worthy of admiration: their generosity, their ability to inspire and their desire to make a difference in the world.  City of Hope extends its heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to its Spirit of Life honorees past and present.
All Access Sponsors:

Platnium Level Sponsors:
Creative Age Publications
Graham Family Foundation
JCPenney Salons
Jinny Corp.
Modern Salon
Paul Mitchell Systems
Professional Beauty Association
Revlon Professional Brands

Our Honoree

Harlan Kirschner
The Kirschner Group, Inc has achieved worldwide success in the beauty industry with over 30 years of experience and has evolved into a thriving global professional sales organization. Harlan’s career began in 1979 working for a master distributor responsible for sales and warehousing operations, where he soon moved into management. While learning the beauty business, management and operations, it soon sparked Harlan’s desire to create and build his own company in the beauty industry. With the skills and knowledge he had attained he set out on the journey to what now is The Kirschner Group, Inc. 

The company started with a few small lines servicing the west coast territory. Harlan covered part of this territory calling on customers in all classes of the beauty trade to learn every aspect of the business. In 1999 The Kirschner Group, Inc expanded their territories into the Midwest and Southwest acquiring many of the nation’s premier sales organizations strengthening their ability to offer increased coverage and services. Throughout the next decade the company continued to acquire top performing sales agencies throughout the Northeast and Southeast regions becoming the first organization to offer nationwide coverage to their manufacturers. A major milestone was in 2004 when the Kirschner Group, Inc expanded internationally servicing Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.   

The Kirschner Group, Inc now offers complete global coverage to manufacturers with 36 professional sales reps within the United States, 17 sales people internationally and 54 store support and educational personnel.
Harlan and his team have a long list of top customers they service and manufacturers they represent in the beauty industry, making The Kirschner Group, Inc the most successful rep group in the industry.

Harlan Kirschner is currently a board of director member for our industries Professional Beauty Association (joint venture partners for the production of Cosmoprof North America), chairman of the Manufacturer Leadership Council and treasurer for the Western Buying Conference for the last 16 years. His passion and love for the beauty industry shows in his dedication and the difference he has made in building his company.

Event and Sponsor Details

City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry Spirit of Life Award Gala had more than 850 beauty industry executives and supporters in attendance on July 12, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas to honor Harlan Kirschner, president of The Kirschner Group, Inc. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and life-threatening diseases.
“Celebrating Cures” - the theme for this year’s event, celebrated the hope of new treatmetns, even cures, for cancer and other diseases. The celebration featured a joint cocktail reception with the Professional Beauty Association, silent auction, MINI Cooper giveaway and a special performance by Grammy winner Michael Bolton. To date, the “Celebrating Cures” campaign has raised more than $850,000 for City of Hope.
The special guest speaker, Chris Crellin, who is also Kirschner’s son-in-law, highlighted the importance of "Celebrating Cures." Crellin lost his his father to the disease when he was a small child and, as a 15-year-old, battled for his own life against Hodgkin lymphoma. At the time, as an athletic teen and with his entire high school career ahead of him, Crellin found his diagnosis devastating. Now, he told the audience, he's 15 years cancer-free and recently celebrated the birth of his first-born son (and Kirschner’s first grandchild).
The 2014 MINI Cooper, donated by Eddie Jhin and Jinny Corp., was won by Teresa Lan of HairUWear, a two-time cancer survivor herself. Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez announced the winner to screams from the audience. 
Plans for the remodel of the Positive Image Center at City of Hope were unveiled at the event. The center focuses on the emotional and physical well-being of patients struggling with the appearance-related side effects of surgery and cancer treatment. Belvedere, a leader in the manufacture of salon furniture and equipment, is donating its time and product to redesign the Positive Image Center and create a space that is both functional and a place of tranquility for the patients.
City of Hope’s 2015 Spirit of Life Award honoree was announced as Steve Goddard, president of hair product manufacturer Pravana.
Thank you to the numerous companies that donated including American International Beauty, ColorProof Evolved Color Care, Revitalash, Redken, The Kirschner Group, Jinny Beauty, Creative Age Publications, Modern Salon, Graham Family Foundation, Helen of Troy, JCPenney Salons, Joico/Zotos, KAO USA, Matrix, Paul Mitchell Systems, Professional Beauty Association, Revlon Professional Brands, SalonCentric and Wella.
Companies or salons interested in getting more involved with the National Professional Salon Industry or hosting their own fundraiser should visit cityofhope.org/salon  and click “Get Involved” or contact Kathleen P. Talbot, Director of Philanthropy, at 800-272-2310 or kptalbot@coh.org.

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Event Photos

Volunteer Leadership

Harlan Kirschner President, The Kirschner Group
Reuben Carranza President R+Co, Luxury Brand Partners
Deborah Carver President & CEO, Creative Age Publications
John Heffner CEO, Drybar
Eric Z Horn Director, Business Development Professional Beauty Association
Eddie Jhin COO, Jinny Beauty
Sara Jones General Manager, Joico
Paula Malloy  
Jim and Cheryl Markham Owners, Colorproof Evolved Color Care
Ann Mincey Jetton Retired, Redken
Sandy Ovington Divisional Merchandise Manager, Ulta
Pat Parenty President, L’Oreal USA Professional Products Division & SalonCentric
George Schaeffer Founder, OPI Inc.
Paul  Schiraldi General Manager, Matrix USA
Past Honorees
The National Professional Salon Industry Council is comprised of executives who help raise funds for City of Hope through a number of events. Past Spirit of Life Award honorees have included:

Reuben Carranza
Luxury Brand Partners
James Emiliani
Emilini Enterprises
George Schaeffer
OPI Inc.
Emmett and Beth Hickey
Spa Specialists Representatives
Sara Jones
Ann Mincey
Eva Graham
NIOXIN Research Laboratories Inc.
Jan Arnold
Jim and Cheryl Markham
Ray Mager
John Heffner
Carmen DePasquale
DePasquale Companies
Bob Peel Sr.
Peel's Salon Services
Leo Passage
Bob Peel Jr.
Peel's Salon Services

Campus Tour with Harlan

In January 2014 50 beauty professionals joined Harlan Kirschner for a tour of the City of Hope campus.  Highlights throughout the day included seeing the Positive Image Center where patients of all ages learn to minimize the cosmetic side effects of illness or medical treatment with cost-free services and programs tailored to meet their needs.  Robert Stone, President & CEO of City of Hope, spoke to the group at lunch along with City of Hope patient special Hannah Komai, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, three years ago.  Now 23 and in remission, she is studying to be a pediatric oncology nurse.

Get Involved

Everyone can help raise funds for City of Hope and be a part of the fight against cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Join other beauty professionals across the country by setting up your own personalized fundraising page.

Running a marathon or 10K? Want to dedicate your birthday to finding a cure for cancer? Want to create a fundraising page in memory of a loved one? Or host a fundraiser at your salon? Set up your page today!
Create an Online Fundraiser
Create your own Online Fundraising Campaign and support the NPSI Annual Fundraising Efforts.
Visit www.crowdrise.com/cityofhopesalon and select “SET UP your fundraiser”
Host a Fundraiser at Your Salon - Submit a Pledge Form
If you are hosting a fundraiser in your community please fill out the Pledge Form and submit to City of Hope. The form needs to be submitted prior to any official fundraising event. Once received, a digital “fundraising toolkit” with template materials to help you get started will be emailed to you.
STEP 2: Create your Online Personal Fundraising Page
Visit  www.crowdrise.com/cityofhopesalon and select “SET UP your fundraiser”. Ask your clients, friends and family to donate online and you can see real-time updates on your fundraising progress.
Tools To Help You Get Started
Contributions May Be Sent To
City of Hope, Attn Salon Industry
1055 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Please do not mail cash. Convert all cash into a money order and/or check made out to City of Hope – Salon Industry.
Share With Us!
We want to hear about your success! Please send us a summary and pictures from your event. We want to share your success story with others across the country. Send all summary’s and pictures to kptalbot@coh.org
We Are Here To Support You! Questions?
Kathleen P. Talbot
Director of Philanthropy - National Professional Salon Industry
(800) 272-2310
Event Details
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Harlan Kirschner, The Kirschner Group
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Live Entertainment by Michael Bolton
Win a 2014 Mini Couper Coupe!
Contact Us
Kathleen P. Talbot
Andrea Courtney
Income Tax Deduction Rules
Event Tickets: The amount of your contribution, which is deductible for income tax purposes, is limited to the excess of your contribution over the value of goods received. The value, which is nondeductible, is a per person rate - check event information for amount. Tribute journal contributions and donations are 100% donation to City of Hope.
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