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LLS Man Woman of the Year Campaign Grand Finale Celebration

Jennifer Martin and Jason Brian, 2011 Man & Woman of the Year

Jennifer Martin and Jason Brian, 2011 Man & Woman of the Year


Local Business Professionals Raise More Than

$300,000 for Livesaving Cancer Research


JUNE 17, 2011----WEST PALM BEACH, FL The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) concluded its Annual Man & Woman of the Year campaign.  The Grand Finale Celebration, which was presented by Mercedes-Benz, took place at The Cohen Pavilion on Friday, June 10, 2011 and drew a crowd of more than 200 friends and supporters of LLS.

The Grand Finale Celebration began with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Guests then moved into the ballroom for the awards program and live auction. This year, the candidates secured some very exciting auction items. To highlight a few of the items that were on the auction block, there was a stay at a Tuscan villa, a Bahamas weekend getaway paired with a flight courtesy of Airstream Jets, and a Tequila tasting party courtesy of Rocco’s Taco’s

Our masters of ceremonies, Meredith McDonough and Paul LaGrone from WPBF 25 News, announced the winners after all the donations were tallied.  The 2011 Woman of the Year is Jennifer Martin of Bodhi Hot Yoga and the 2011 Man of the Year is Jason Brian of They raised a combined total of $139,000.

This year’s candidates raised funds in honor of Daniel Jaramillo, Boy of the Year, and Abby Alonzo, Girl of the Year, who attended the event with their families. These children know first hand what it means to battle a blood cancer, but more importantly they know the power of teamwork.

Eleven candidates were able to come together to help raise more than $300,000 during their ten week fundraising campaign. The candidates were Mary Aguiar of Christine D. Hanley & Associates, Jason Brian of, Kristi Lei Bryan of Kristi Lei Interiors, Denise Fraile of Verati Design, Donna Lewis of SunTrust Bank, Adam Lipson & Chris Grubb, Jennifer Martin of Bodhi Hot Yoga, Miles McGrane of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., Jeff Neve of PNC Bank, Dr. Lorne Stitsky of Personal Choice Family Practice, Lindsay Tapp of Caregiver Services, Ilya Tatarov of LostEvidence and Gretta Vitta of Powerful Marketing, Co.

Our Presenting Sponsor was Mercedes – Benz and Gold Sponsor was Media Sponsors included WPBF 25 News, YOUnited TV, Just Ask Boo and KOOL 105.5 FM.  In Kind Sponsors included Floral Sponsor – Suzanne Neve Events, Entertainment Sponsor – Elegant Occasions, Signage Sponsor – Kauff’s Signs, Invitation Sponsor – Artcraft Engraving,  and Kick-off Sponsor – McCormick & Schmick’s.

All proceeds generated by the event will be used by LLS to fund their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. For more information, call Darby Collins at 561-775-9954.


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