The excitement began on March 19 and concluded at the Grand Finale Gala on May 30. Thank you to all who helped the Northeast Indiana Man & Woman of the Year campaign raise over $186,000 collectively!
Congratulations to our winners, Mike Kelley and Amy Fisher.
Click here to view the gallery for the gallery for the 2014 Grand Finale Gala.
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited 10-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' titles by raising funds for blood cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.
Our exciting 2014 campaign began with a lively Kickoff Celebration on March 19 at Club Soda and culminated with a celebration of everyone's efforts at the Grand Finale Gala on Friday, May 30 at Ceruti's Banquet and Event Center.
The ideal Man & Woman of the Year candidates are community and businness leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their relentless ambition drives them to fundraise with remarkable results.
All candidates raise funds in honor of our Boy & Girl of the Year, two local children who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year campaign began in 1990 in San Francisco to honor John Spencer, a Society volunteer and valued employee at Hastings Clothier. Spencer lost his battle to 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 campaign.
Now, more than 61 Man & Woman of the Year campaigns take place across the nation, making this a highly visible and successful fundraising program. Last year, 781 candidates raised more than $22.7 million to fuel the mission and goals of LLS. Locally, just 6 candidates in Northeast Indiana raised more than $287,000!
Although someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 4 minutes, there is great hope for the future. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. This is done through research, education, advocacy, and patient aid with the funds raised by generous supporters.
Do you or someone you know want to know more on how to get involved with this life changing and exciting campaign as a candidate, sponsor, or volunteer? Please call or email Melanie Kruth at 260.616.0654 or Melanie.Kruth@LLS.org.