The 2014 Class for the Savannah Man & Woman of the Year campaign has been chosen for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The 2014 Class for the Savannah Man & Woman of the Year campaign
has been chosen for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Candidates will be presented on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30pm at The Hilton Savannah DeSoto

(Savannah, March 24, 2014)  – The Savannah Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Georgia Chapter is proud to announce the 2014 Man & Woman of the Year candidates. Twelve outstanding local professionals are vying for the title this second annual campaign year.  In the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, candidates compete in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The men and women strive to achieve their personal best by working with their family, friends and contacts to raise as much money as possible for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The titles are awarded to the man and woman who raise the most funds in a ten-week period. The top fundraisers in the country win the national titles. Last year’s Savannah Man & Woman of the Year titles were awarded to Tal Johnson of Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon LLP and Emily Dickinson of Wet Willie’s Management Corporation.

The 2014 Savannah Man & Woman of the Year class includes the following individuals:

 

Michael Caputo; Starkey Mortgage
Patrick Connell; Ellis, Painter, Ratterre and Adams LLP
Jessica Deloach; Bernard Williams & Co.
Spy Gibson; The Haskins Co.
Will Gruver; TJS Deemer Dana LLP
Eric Herndon; Erica Herndon State Farm Insurance
Maggie Jones; WJCL/WTGS Lin Media
Jessica Neeley; Workmen’s Circle Credit Union
Ashley Rich; West Rehab & Sports Medicine
Nick Rintye; National Railway Supply
Julie Schwartz; St. Joseph’s/Candler
Brian Stafford; Stafford Productions

 

The candidates were selected by a nominating committee chaired by Emily Dickinson of Wet Willie’s Management Corporation, co-chaired by Jeff O’Connor of First Citizens Bank with Henry Minis serving as Honorary Chairman.  Other members of the committee include:

 

Hailey Blakley, Enmark
Rob Bowden, Bernard Williams & Company
Thomas Carter, Blackstone International, LLC
Brynn Grant, SEDA
Tal Johnson, Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon LLP
John Manly, Bouhan Falligant LLP
Jamie McCurry, Georgia Ports Authority
Jessica Pedigo, Seacrest Partners
Anne Shealy, J&L Glass
Jamie Smith, Coastal Home Care, Inc.
Matt Usher, W. Ray Williams & Associates

 
“The Man & Women of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also providing assistance and hope to thousands of blood cancer patients,” said Dana Whitfield, Savannah Area Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter. “Candidates showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their commitment to the cause.”

The Savannah Man & Woman of the Year campaign will kick off on Thursday, March 27th at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto and culminate at a Grand Finale Gala event on Friday, June 6th at the Charles H. Morris Center. The candidates who raise the most funds will be awarded the Man & Woman of the Year titles at the Grand Finale Gala which will feature a silent and live auction, cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment.

Sponsors for the 2014 Savannah Man & Woman of the Year campaign include Wet Willie’s, First Citizens Bank, Savannah Magazine, WJCL News and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. To learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year, visit www.mwoy.org/ga.

The Savannah Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter hosts five major fundraising campaigns, a volunteer-driven Leadership Committee, a Patient Services Committee and a Patient Support Group.  For more information on how to get involved with Savannah LLS, visit: www.lls.org/ga/savannah or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/llssavannah.

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 and provides free information and support services.

The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer and Financial Assistance Programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2012.

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