June 2, 2011
What a beautiful night to spread hope and inspire anyone who was witness to give of themselves. The 13 candidates for Man and Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raised more than $350,000 in just 10 weeks!About 350 people attended a lovely dinner and silent auction at the Doubletree Hotel. We had a wonderful table of 10 including the four of us, John’s Mom (Ann), Kim, Beth and two of my favorite former co-workers and dear friends, Robin and Rebecca who came as an wonderful surprise!
Records were set by both Woman of the Year runner up, Sherri McElhenney, who raised $58,000 and the 2011 Woman of the Year, Dawn Shafer, who raised over $80,000! Man of the Year went to Bill Knestrick, who raised $75,000. I know how much time and energy these folks put into this event and to making the connections and sticking their necks out to raise this kind of money and we so appreciate it.
Tanner and Jake did a great job, as did Boy of the Year, Jack Woods. They called Tanner and Jack to the stage and Jake leapt over the stage to take his rightful place clasping Tanner’s hand. They were poised and cute and full of personality (per usual) and we couldn’t have been more proud of them. LLS gave Tanner some acting lessons as a gift to thank her for her participation. How cool!
When I looked out at the audience filling such a big room at the Doubletree, I remembered that we are not alone. So many people are fighting to end cancer… it has to happen someday. We’ve met so many wonderful and dedicated people through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society… the fight is in good hands.