New York City Man & Woman of the Year

Are you interested in getting involved or nominating a candidate?
Contact Amy Abramson at
212.376.6747 or
for more information.

Grand Toal     


We are thrilled to be bringing this extremely exciting, mission-driven campaign back to New York City for our fourth annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign!

Campaign 2014
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, 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 2014 campaign will start with a Kick Off Celebration on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The fundraising competition will culminate with a celebration of everyone's efforts at the black-tie Grand Finale Gala on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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

Candidates raise funds in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year, who are local cancer survivors and sources of inspiration. Andrew Granger, age 12, was diagnosed with High Risk Stage IV Neuroblastoma in March 2008. Caylin Batt, age 12, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 3 years old, just before the birth of her younger sister. Today, both Andrew and Caylin are in remission.

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 began supporting the Society's Northern California Chapter with the San Francisco Man & Woman of the Year event. Now, more than 40 Man & Woman of the Year campaigns occur across the nation, making this a highly visible fundraising program.

The Reason
Although someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every four 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 Man & Woman of the Year is surrounded by diverse people, a dedicated staff, and a supportive Executive Leadership Committee. Additionally, there are a number of fantastic parties, including the Grand Finale Gala which provides candidates the opportunity to gain new friends and contacts.

Meet the 2014 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates

Chad De Luca

Kristie Deptula
Quinn & Co

Alecko Eskandarian
New York Cosmos

Suzanne Lentzsch
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Grace Ng

Charisse Penalver
State of New Jersey, Department of Law & Public Safety

Mark Torello
M&S Mechanical

Lora Cohen Vaccaro

Emily Currin
UK Trade & Investment Sirius Programme


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