And the winners are… Leukemia& Lymphoma Society’s ‘Grand Finale’ celebration of North and South County Campaigns’ to present Man& Woman of the Year
Atotal of 21 outstanding individuals have stepped up to raise funds on behalf of the Palm Beach Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
The 2014 Man & Woman of the Year candidates are taking part in two campaigns within the chapter.
The South Palm Beach County campaign will conclude with a “Grand Finale Celebration” that takes place May 2 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Raton. TheNorth County campaign will culminate one week later with its “Grand Finale” May 9 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
The group of nine South County candidates, who were nominated based on their leadership excellence and passion for community service, are running in honor of two local young blood cancer survivors: Alex and Sophia, Boy & Girl of the Year. Alex, 17, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012. He is in remission and is excited about a healthy future. Sophia, 15, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 at the age of 13. She is in remission and enjoys being outside alongside her younger sister.
Below is the list of South County candidates who are working with dedication to raise funds for LLS. Competing for the South County title are: • Helena Coleman- Infinity Sales Group LLC • Nancy Stewart Franczak- Festival Management Group Inc. • Jonathan Goldfarb- Tennis & Business Consulting Services • Jaclyn Herbst- National Life Group • Ashley Jones- Contemporary Art Specialist • Chad Kleiner- TriGen Insurance Solutions • Derek Madon- Nationwide Equipment Finance • Natalie Poletto- Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s Realty • Rick Schuerger- John Moriarty & Associates of Florida
Meanwhile, the 12 candidates vying for the title of Man & Woman of the Year in North County are also heading into the home stretch of their competition. These candidates are inspired by 15-year-old Joshua and four-year-old Piper, North County Boy & Girl of the Year. After overcoming non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoma at age 6, Joshua relapsed and underwent a successful bone marrow transplant at age 12. He is now a high school freshman who looks forward to attending college. Piper was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January 2014. She is in the maintenance phase of her treatment and enjoys playing with her younger sister, Kinleigh, and horseback riding.
The 2014 North County Man & Woman of the Year Candidates, several who have been directly touched by blood cancer, are working with great determination and passion to raise funds for a cure. Competing for the North County title are: • William Cavanaugh- The Law Office of William M. Cavanaugh • Erin Devlin- Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce • Aime Dunstan- IT! Events & Media • Seth Funt- Genesis Commercial Group/Seasons Private Management • Brandy Guthrie- Marcos Gonzalez & Associates • Renee Komanetsky • Lee Levenson Jr.- Steinger, Iscoe & Greene • Nicholas Mastroianni, III-Allied Capital & Development of South Florida • SydneeNewman- LaBovick Law Group • Shachar Peles- Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute • Elena Peroulakis- Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa • Sasha Wahl- Oxford International
During the 10-week fundraising period beginning with a kickoff celebration, the candidates are judged solely on their success in generating funds to advance the mission of LLS. Every dollar raised counts as one “vote.”
“We are so proud to have all of these amazingly talented leaders champion our cause,” said Pamela Payne, LLS executive director. “We applaud all of their efforts to help pave the way for new and improved therapies that will benefit generations to come.”
There’s still time to support candidates and those fighting blood cancer by making a donation to their campaign and by attending one of the grand finales. Guests will enjoy a festive evening featuring cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions plus the announcement of the Man & Woman of the Year.
For more information or to make a donation, call 561-616-8682 or visit www. mwoy.org/pb.