The Philadelphia Man & Woman of the Year


The 2015 Candidates raised over $371,000 in 10 weeks    

                            Woman of the Year - Mary Pennington, Comcast Cable

                          Man of the Year - Hakop Kazandjian, Kazacool/Weichert

                                      mary & hakop           capri mission

      Mission Award Winner - Capri D'Amario, RE/MAX "Home Experts" - Capri Closes


                                  Everyone wins when cancer loses.

Are you interested in getting involved or nominating a candidate?
Contact Sarah Hopkins 610-276-3202 or for more information

  The Campaign 
  Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited ten-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man & Woman of the Year" titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. Our exciting 2016 campaign starts with a fun Kick Off event on March 29, 2016. The fundraising competition will culminate with a celebration of everyone's efforts at the Grand Finale Gala on June 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia, with dinner, drinks, entertainment, dancing, and a fabulous silent auction.  Last year the Philadelphia campaign raised an amazing $371,000, but this year our goal is $500,000!  Help us make history for a cure.

The Candidates
The ideal candidates are community and business leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their unstoppable ambition drives them to fundraise in a large-scale capacity with remarkable results.

The Honorees
All participants raise funds in honor of our Girl and Boy of the Year. 

The History
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year campaign began in 1990 in San Francisco to honor John Spencer, a valued employee at Hastings Clothier in San Francisco and a Society volunteer. Spencer died of leukemia at the age of 39. It was in John's memory that Hastings Clothier began supporting the LLS's Northern California Chapter with the San Francisco Man & Woman of the Year event. Now, more than 62 Man & Woman of the Year campaigns occur across the nation, making this a highly visible fundraising program.

The Reason
Although someone  is diagnosed with a blood cancer every three minutes, there is great hope for the future. LLS is the world's largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and families.

The Other Reason
FUN! Everyone involved with the Man & Woman of the Year is surrounded by diverse people, a dedicated staff, and a supportive committee. Additionally, there are a number of fantastic parties, including the Grand Finale Celebration event which provides candidates the opportunity to gain new friends and contacts.



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