City of Hope Honors Harlan Kirschner with 2014 Spirit of Life Award

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City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry recently announced that it will honor Harlan Kirschner of The Kirschner Group, Inc with its 2014 Spirit of Life® Award. The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and altruistic achievement. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Kirschner will receive The Spirit of Life Award on July 12, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s event, titled “Celebrating Cures,” will celebrate the hope of a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The event, one of the industry’s best networking evenings, will include a hosted cocktail reception, delectable sit-down dinner and wonderful entertainment. For information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or to make a donation, visit www.cityofhope.org/salon/sol or contact Kathleen P. Talbot at (800) 272-2310, kptalbot@coh.org.

Says Kirschner, “One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Odds are someone you know or love will be affected by cancer. Don’t you want to be a part of finding their cure? City of Hope’s marvelous commitment to find a cure for cancer is deserving of the enthusiastic support of our entire beauty community. It is an honor to receive The Spirit of Life Award and be recognized by my peers in the beauty industry.”

A group of 50 beauty professionals joined Kirschner at City of Hope on Friday, January 24, 2014 where they toured the 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. At lunch, Robert Stone, the new President & CEO of City of Hope, spoke to the group sharing his own personal story of his uncle battling cancer and how the compassionate patient centered care makes City of Hope stand out from any other organization. The day ended with a special guest speaker, patient 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.

Kirschner is Chief Executive Officer of The Kirschner Group, a global sales organization in the professional beauty industry. The company started with a few small lines servicing the west coast territory and has grown to acquire top performing sales agencies throughout the United States becoming the first organization to offer nationwide coverage to the manufacturers. In 2004 the Kirschner Group, Inc. expanded internationally servicing Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Kirschner currently serves as president of City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry Council, a position he assumed in January 2013. He is also a board of director member for the Professional Beauty Association, chairman of the Manufacturer Leadership Council and treasure for the Western Buying Conference for the last 16 years.

“We are privileged to honor Harlan Kirschner, whose extraordinary vision and innovation has transformed the beauty industry,” said Kathleen P. Talbot, City of Hope. “It is fitting that he receives The Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the community and his profession.”