City of Hope Honors George Schaeffer with Spirit of Life Award

By Alison Alhamed | 07/21/2012 6:12:00 PM


This year, during PBA's Beauty Week in Las Vegas, City of Hope honored President & CEO of OPI Products Inc. / Aloxxi International George Schaeffer as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Life Award.

In a grand celebration that included a wedding celebration, a kick off by Al Green and a closer by Aretha Franklin, Schaeffer received the award July 21 at the annual Spirit of Life Award Dinner, honored by hundreds of his colleagues at the gala, who recognized him for his outstanding philanthropic and business contributions.

Schaeffer, who considers a lifetime of philanthropy his greatest accomplishment, established the George W. Schaeffer Endowment for Innovation in Diabetes Research for City of Hope. The endowment will provide resources in perpetuity for scientists at City of Hope as they continue to transform the understanding of and treatment for this difficult disease.

The 2012 City of Hope Spirit of Life dinner and gala is the year-long culmination of planning going toward the cure and treatment of diabetes. So far, the total raised is $2.7 million, and Schaeffer is matching all funds up to $2.5 million. In other words... $5 million+ is being donated to City of Hope.

“I have been blessed with success in my lifetime,” says Schaeffer, “but I consider my biggest achievement is having the ability to give back to others in need. I have been a supporter of City of Hope and its humanitarian efforts for many years.”

Schaeffer added, “While I am extremely honored to receive this award, I am even more excited about the opportunity to raise money for a cause dear to my heart: diabetes research.”








ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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