At the L.A. kickoff breakfast for the City of Hope's Spirit of Life campaign honoring Republic founding bros Monte and Avery Lipman, the pair fixed their smiles gamely for a gauntlet of photo ops with fellow industry heavyweights. Here they brave the brutal rooftop sun with Island Co-CEO Imran Majid, UMPG Chair Jody Gerson and UMe head Bruce Resnikoff. Photographer Lester Cohen deftly kept the HITS loser in attendance out of all pics.

The Lipmans flank prior Spirit of Life honoree, Sony Music Publishing boss and recent Music Biz keynoter Jon Platt, who predicted that the value of this shot would ultimately exceed 20x earnings.

Monte and Avery are joined by super-attorneys Aaron Rosenberg and Eric Greenspan, who jointly advised us to declare moral bankruptcy.

The Lipman sibs bookend Republic Co-President Wendy Goldstein and EVP Film & TV Dana Sano, who suggested a four-part documentary series on why HITS sucks.

City of Hope's Natalie Schnaitmann, Steven Singer and Loren Fishbein and UMPG Prez/COH mensch/event MC Evan Lamberg all agree that when it comes to our involvement, sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.