Beyonce will perform at L.A.’s City of Hope’s Spirit of Life gala that will take place on October 11, 2018, and Pharrell Williams will host the event. City of Hope is a non-profit cancer research center and hospital that features a biomedical team of leading medical experts. They also have a graduate school and are on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, breakthroughs and the latest advances in the fight against cancer.
City of Hope made the announcement that Pharrell Williams will host the 2018 Spirit of Life gala and that Beyonce will perform as a solo artist.
Jay-Z will present the City of Hope Honor award to Warner/Pharrell Music’s CEO and Chairman Jon Platt.
Platt released a statement in response to Beyonce’s attendance and upcoming performance.
“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me. She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”
— City of Hope (@cityofhope) September 17, 2018
Beyonce also released a statement in response to her honoring Jon Platt at the gala event.
“I am happy to be in a room that celebrates Jon and the important work he does behind the scenes. City of Hope has done much-needed research and has provided quality care for patients for over a hundred years. I am honored to be a part of an event that represents an organization that works so tirelessly caring for others first and foremost.”
Jon Platt joins a long list of recipients recognized with the City of Life Honor award. Other celebrities who have been recognized for their philanthropic contributions include Quincy Jones, Doug Morris, Sir Lucian Grainge, Frances W. Preston, Irving and Shelli Azoff, Mo Ostin and Edgar Bronfman Jr.
Those who want to attend or make a donation may find more information at the official City of Hope website.