The 21st Annual DIAMOND BALL
was a Record Breaker
Raising Over $235,000!
On Saturday, February 23, a record of more than 650 guests and 65 corporate sponsors showed up in black tie attire to help raise the funds, which will be directed toward blood cancer research, local patient aid and services, advocacy, education and community service programs.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Chapter's "Service to Mankind" award, which was presented to Mrs. Lois Cropp, RN consultant, for her leadership and dedication to cure blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The sentimental "Service to Mankind" ceremony was led by local patients who each presented Mrs. Cropp with a single rose, a symbol of one month of patient aid and services that will be funded in her name.
2013 "SERVICE TO MANKIND" RECIPIENT
Jacqueline Rieck, a leukemia survivor, was the very lucky winner of the one-carat diamond, a traditional giveaway that gave the Diamond Ball its name.
Dr. Mark Velleca, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Office was the keynote speaker. He captured the audience when he spoke about "How your dollars accelerate The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Mission." His presentation included Research, on how we are making cures happen for blood cancer patients; Patient Services, helping save lives and improve quality of life; Advocacy & Public Policy, providing access to innovative therapies.
Dr. Mark Velleca, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer, LLS
Special thanks to Independent Health, the "Hope Diamond" sponsor, and AJ Baynes Group, CTG and NTT Data, the "Premier" sponsors.
Another special thank you to the Diamond Ball Volunteer Committee. Chairs, Anthony & Eileen Baynes, Founder and Chairman of the AJ Baynes Group led the Committee. Marty Burruano, Independent Health, served as Chair of Corporate Tables; John Lopinski, Hodgson Russ, Chaired the Program Book; and Howard Epstein, Freed Maxick CPA's, PC, Chaired the Auction. Both Lopinski and Epstein are members of the LLS local Board of Trustees. Dick Shaner, Jr., Travers Collins, was PR/Publicity Chair.
Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $875 million in research grants, supporting some of the best researchers in the world who are investigating cures and treatments for blood cancers.
Special Thanks to the 2013 HOPE DIAMOND Sponsor!