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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Los Angeles Man & Woman of The Year Campaign raises $1,471,339
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) California Southland Chapter hosted the 2019 Los Angeles Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Celebration at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on Saturday, June 8. The evening included a silent auction, cocktail hour, live auction, dinner and an inspiring program celebrating the efforts of 23 candidates + 1 All Star throughout their 10-week campaign. The campaign raised $1,471,339 – the second highest total ever raised in the Los Angeles market.
Addiction medicine specialist and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky served as the MC for the evening’s festivities. Presenters included Dr. Sarah Larson (UCLA Hematology/Oncology); 2018 Man of the Year, Actor Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder, 18 Again!); and 2018 Woman of the Year Randi Kaefer. Actor Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) attended the event and has been a long-time supporter of the organization.
2019 candidates included:
Mona Akhiary; Richard Babineau; Phyllis Bailey Brooks; Naader Banki; Jennifer Chadwick; Sofia Gomes-Kilroy; Caleb Hinson; Andrew Jones; Dawn Krantz; Dave Kuba; Max Landwirth; Shannon Larner; Amanda Montell; Michele Nachum; Natalie Noss Handler; Robert Oania; Jose Rodriquez; Paria Sadighi; Rob Schwenker; Elizabeth Smiley; Kyle Smith; Hosam Solaiman; Peter Steckelman; and All-Star Libby Fennell.
Mission speakers included:
2019 Girl of the Year Frances Abu Shanab. Frances is a 13 year old ALL survivor. Frances shared her story and congratulated the 2019 candidates on their efforts to continue raising funds that would benefit both research and patient services for cancer patients.
Aubrey Kelly, Director of US Advocacy – Clinical Pathways at Amgen, and mother of 2019 Boy of the Year Pierce Kelly, shared her family’s personal journey as they battled Pierce’s AML diagnosis just 2 years ago, and of the urgent need to support organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to improve treatment options and outcomes for patients everywhere.
2019 Man of the Year
Dave Kuba was the male candidate that raised the most to support the LLS mission. Dave is the Senior Vice President of Development at Shed Media.
2019 Woman of the Year
Amanda Montell was the female candidate that raised the most funds to support the LLS mission. Amanda is a Harper Collins author and a Writer at Who What Wear!
ABOUT MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR
LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a spirited fundraising “competition” among a select group of nominated individuals in the community. The male & female candidates who raise the most money during the campaign in support of the LLS mission are named the 2019 Los Angeles’ Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale celebration. The candidates fundraised in honor of two patient heroes, the 2019 Boy and Girl of the Year: Pierce Kelly and Frances Abu Shanab. This campaign has raised more than $10M since its launch in Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – California Southland
4929 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 800
Los Angeles CA 90010