San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced the winners of the 2010 Man & Woman of the Year campaign on June 5, 2010 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Man of the Year, Tom Klein, and Woman of the Year, Carolyn Balling, received their honors at the grand finale event emceed by KRON-TV’s Vicki Liviakias and 2009 Man of the Year Bill Shen.
Fifteen candidates raised a record breaking $803,000 in just over ten weeks. Funds raised will support LLS’s mission: to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Man of the Year, Tom Klein, is Regional Vice President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and General Manager of the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel and Woman of the Year, Carolyn Balling, is a corporate trainer and serves as the National Advisory Hike Coach for LLS’s Team In Training program.
Man of the Year Klein raised an impressive $191,789, while his counterpart, Woman of the Year Balling raised an equally notable $67,187. The competition was tight; runners up Dan Darcy from Salesforce and Lisa Dunn from UCSF Medical Center raised a close $182,606 and $65,053 respectively. Candidates who raise more than $50,000 will have an LLS-funded researcher named in their honor. In addition to the finalists previously mentioned, candidates Andy Collins and Yuliya Singó received this award.
“What a great way to celebrate twenty years – with a record number of candidates who have exceeded all expectations and set a new fundraising record for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter,” said Brian Kinion, LLS Board of Trustees President and 2008 Man of the Year. “We applaud all of their efforts to help pave the way for new and improved therapies that will be benefit generations to come.”
The complete list of 2010 candidates includes: corporate trainer, Carolyn Balling; Isabella Blass; Andy Collins from Summit Partners; Dan Darcy from Salesforce; Lisa Dunn from UCSF Medical Center; classical Feng Shui Practitioner, Kimberly Drury-Lightning; Dr. Dean Felsher, MD, Ph.D., Stanford Medical Center; Tom Klein from the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Ken Loo, Contra Costa County Firefighter; Holly Pranger of Pranger Law Firm; Yuliya Singó, founder of Arts 4 Cure; clinical psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Stearns-Weil; Jeff Taylor from Unishippers Sonoma; philanthropist Bianca Velishek; and John Welsh from TEI, Inc.
This year’s media sponsors included KRON 4, 7x7 Magazine and Hathaway PR. Wente Vineyards hosted the evening’s VIP reception and guests enjoyed Wente wines while listening to musical guest Eoin Harrington.
About the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign
The competition began in San Francisco twenty years ago. The first event was held in remembrance of John Spencer, a valued Hastings Department Store employee who died of leukemia at the age of 39. It was in John’s memory that Hastings began supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Since 1990, LLS chapters across the nation have added the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign. Now hundreds of men and women in over 60 cities vie for the title each year in a ten-week fundraising competition. Over the last twenty years, candidates nationwide have raised $53 million for blood cancer research and patient services.
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.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.LLS.org.