Apple Senior VP Eddie Cue got up to receive the Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group and the first person he thanked, was someone not in the star-studded, suit-filled fundraiser (catered by Wolfgang Puck).
“Steve Jobs,” the 25-year Apple vet began his acceptance speech. “Steve was my friend, my colleague, somebody I loved. I miss him every day. I think about him every day, I always will. He should be here today. The truth is this is what this is about, if anybody else in the world deserved to be here—it’s him. It’s very difficult for me to be here today because he should be here. And that’s why I am here—it’s about fighting for people like that. We should get the cure to allow them to be here.” In one of the most heartfelt acceptance speeches I’ve heard in ages, Cue ended thanking the 101-year-old City of Hope—a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses—with helping his wife Paula, a cancer survivor. She was treated with a drug that had its origins at City of Hope.
Cue gave his emotional Ted Talk to a crowd gathered in a gorgeously decked-out Pacific Design Center. In said crowd? Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, will.i.am, Jimmy Iovine, Warner Bros Entertainment’s Kevin Tsujihara, Dr. Dre, Gavin Rossdale, and Gwen Stefani. Stefani took the stage with her No Doubt band mates (following an intro by Jimmy Iovine) and they played everything in their songbook. The cherry on the sundae? Gwen “I practiced this, this morning” Stefani sang Happy Birthday to Cue whose birthday was the next day.
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