March 16, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) - Washington, D.C. business leaders rose to the challenge and raised $2.85 million at the 24th annual Leukemia Ball, despite a still-recovering economy. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) National Capital Area Chapter and its mission to cure blood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Local network news personalities Alison Starling (WJLA), Lindsay Czarniak (WRC), Anita Brickman (WUSA9) and Laura Evans (WTTG) emceed the event, "A Supreme Evening with Diana Ross and John Heffron," attended by more than 2,000 guests. The evening also included a world-class silent auction with more than 300 packages adorning area outside of the Grand Ballroom at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, including airfare from American Airlines, the official airline of the 2011 Leukemia Ball. The night's raffle prizes, a Mercedes Benz c300 and E350 donated by Washington area Mercedes Benz dealers, were on display for guests to view.
"In spite of a challenging economic climate, the 24th annual Leukemia Ball raised $2.8 million in support of our mission - and that's nothing short of a triumph," said Donna McKelvey, National Capital Area Chapter Executive Director. "I could not be more humbled by the perseverance, drive and support from area business leaders and volunteers who help us reach our goal. They make our success possible and I am forever grateful."
The Leukemia Ball is recognized nationally for its unmatched fundraising accomplishments in support of LLS's mission. A highlight of the evening was the recognition of the O?Hagan family, including 16-year-old Delaney O'Hagan, who has battled leukemia since age 7. Her brother Grady was the donor in a life-saving bone marrow transplant two years ago. In addition, LLS recognized its Mission sponsor - PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, for its dedication and commitment to the cause.
"The devotion, energy and hard work of the Leukemia Ball Executive Committee - made up of more than 60 of the region?s top business leaders - never fails to inspire me," said Steven L. Lilly, Senior Co-Chair and CFO of National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. "They are the heart and soul of this effort to help cure blood cancer, and $2.8 million in support of LLS's mission is an outstanding achievement."
For photos or for additional information about the 2011 Leukemia Ball, contact Lisa Pagano at 703-399-2905.