Annual Award Recognizes Important Contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Mission & the Greater Washington, D.C. Area Community
(Alexandria, VA) - Tamara Darvish, Vice President of DARCARS Automotive Group, and longtime volunteer of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), will receive the prestigious James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Leukemia Ball. Darvish has been involved with the National Capital Area Chapter of LLS for more than 10 years, and as co-chair of the annual Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Golf Classic helped to raise over $5 million for the organization.
Since 2001, Darvish has dedicated significant time and effort each year to raising funds and awareness for LLS through the Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Golf Classic. Under her leadership, the event prospered, raising critical funds to advance the LLS mission and expanding the reach of LLS into the automobile industry. In addition to raising funds, Darvish went above and beyond in personally helping many of LLS's patient families.
"LLS is incredibly thankful for the dedication and support Tamara Darvish has shown over the years for our organization," said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter. "She has shown an unwavering commitment to our mission and the families we serve, especially the children affected by blood cancers."
Darvish will be formally presented with the James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Leukemia Ball, which will be held on March 23, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
"It has always been important for me to give back to the community in which I was raised, and to help raise awareness and funds for organizations such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society," said Darvish. "The mission is one that has touched me personally, and continues to do so today through the inspirational and amazing children I've met who are battling this disease."
In addition to her service to LLS, Darvish has had an immense impact on the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan community - specifically its youth. She facilitated the creation of an auto certification program at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., and personally mentors students to help them receive certification to work in the auto industry. Under her leadership, in 2005, Toyota Motor Corp entered a partnership with the District Public School System (DCPS), awarding a 10-year $1.5 million grant to refurbish Ballou's Automotive Technology Center. The grant enables the center to equip students poised for vocational careers with paid internships, and a guarantee that upon graduation they could receive college scholarships and well-paying jobs. As a result of this partnership more than a 100 students each year from District High School are served, and develop the skills they need to envision productive lives.
Along with her family and DARCARS employees, Darvish has supported countless other charities, including the Parkinson's Foundation's Moving Day, the Altheehia Foundation's "Friday Night Dinners" for service members being treated at Walter Reed Military Medical Center and residents at The Children's Inn at NIH, and each year provides hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children in MD and DC.
The James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2011 in memory of Jim Eichberg, a long-time volunteer and supporter of LLS who made service to others an integral part of his daily life. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an individual who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the mission of LLS, thereby making a significant impact on the lives of patients and families.