Southern Florida & Puerto Rico Chapter

The Southern Florida Chapter Searches for Miami's 1st Annual Man & Woman of the Year

MIAMI, FL (January 18, 2010) - The Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has kicked-off off its competition to name Miami's First Annual Man & Woman of the Year. The fundraising competition commenced on January 10, 2011 and a Kick-off celebration was held at the forge in Miami Beach on Tuesday, January 18th.   The local fundraising effort, which raises money for cancer research and patient care, will culminate with the Miami Man & Woman of the Year being named at the 2011 Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, March 26th at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami.

During the ten week competition, a select group of local leaders will be competing to raise the most amount of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Every dollar raised counts as one ?vote.? The male and female candidates with the most ?votes? will be awarded the title of 2011 Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Gala on March 26th beginning at 7:00p.m.  The evening will feature a cocktail reception, live and silent auction, dinner, dancing and the announcement of the winners.

The two winners of the Miami Man & Women of the Year competition will then go on to compete for the National Title of Man & Woman of the Year, an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today, but the most important reason candidates participate is for families like this year?s Boy and Girl of the Year, Alex Aguilera and Victoria Mejia.  Alex and Victoria are local children who are survivors of blood cancers and who are sources of inspiration. 

The money raised by candidates over a ten week period is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience.

Southern Florida is honored to announce Candidates for Miami's 2011 Man & Woman of the Year: Jeffrey Baldasarre, The Betsy Hotel; Jacqueline Becerra, Greenberg Traurig; David Fellows, John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc.; Amber Hendrickson, Saks Fifth Avenue; Jen Klaassens, The Wasie Foundation; Roberto Munoz, Professional Bank; Keith St. Clair, Assist Card; and Kimarie Stratos, Memorial Healthcare System.

 ?The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also helping to bring help and hope to thousands of blood cancer patients,? said Joanne Davis, the Southern Florida Chapter?s executive director. ?Candidates get to showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their humanitarianism.?

To cast your vote for this year's Man and/or Woman of the Year, or to learn more about the campaign visit,  For more information, please contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 954-744-5313 or
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world?s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin?s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  LLS has a local Patient Services Manager in 59 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please contact LLS at (800) 955-4572 or visit

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last updated on Monday, March 07, 2011