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Estefans to receive Spirit of Life award

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Emilio and Gloria Estefan have been selected by the Latin Entertainment Industry Group for City of Hope as its 2004 Spirit of Life Award honorees.

The award will be presented Nov. 18 at a gala dinner in the Miami area. Proceeds from the event will benefit City of Hope's research, treatment and education programs for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The Spirit of Life Award is presented to individuals who have made a notable contribution to their community and profession. The Latin Entertainment Industry fund-raising group for City of Hope selects honorees who have fundamentally influenced the direction of the Latin entertainment industry.

"It is with great pride and reverence that we accept this honor," said Emilio Estefan. "I am intimately aware of the important work of this organization and that people in Miami, and everywhere, benefit from its mission and resources."