Hoda Kotb and Kay Unger to Receive Top Philanthropic Honor From City of Hope
LOS ANGELES — Television co-host and news correspondent Hoda Kotb and fashion designer Kay Unger will receive City of Hope’s top philanthropic honor, The Spirit of Life® Award, on Monday, May 4, at the Waldorf=Astoria, with top news media, fashion and entertainment leaders attending. Hosted by City of Hope’s East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League, the “Woman of the Year” luncheon will honor these two women who have made notable contributions to their professions, their community and to charitable causes. Kotb and Unger, both cancer survivors, are both staunch advocates for the medical advancement and treatment of cancer.
Television personality and singer, Kathie Lee Gifford, will present Kotb, co-host of NBC’s fourth hour of "Today," with her award, while Tim Gunn, chief creative officer, Liz Claiborne and co-host of “Project Runway” and “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” as well as longtime friend, will present Unger her award.
“It is a privilege to be acknowledged by such a remarkable institution,” said Kotb. ”It is truly heartening to know that City of Hope is so deeply committed not only to treating and curing forms of cancer, but also to caring for the mind, body and soul of their patients.”
“I’m honored to receive this special award from City of Hope,” said Unger. “In recognition of cancer survivors around the world, my hopes are that some day researchers will discover a cure for cancer and ways to prevent cancer for future generations.”
“City of Hope is proud to honor both Hoda and Kay for their remarkable achievements,” said Dan Lacovara, associate vice president, communications, City of Hope. ”Both are women of incredible talent, strength and courage, and are role models and an inspiration to women everywhere. It is only fitting that they receive City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, which celebrates these admirable characteristics.”