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2009 Man & Woman of the Year Kickoff Party

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I participated in the 2004 Man and Woman of the Year Campaign and came in 2nd Runner Up. This is a very successful fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was the inspiration for both the Fashion for Paws Model Washingtonian and Blondes vs. Brunettes fundraising competitions.

Tomorrow, The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will launch their 2009 Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. The race is short, just 10 weeks, and sweet – raising money for and awareness about blood cancers, the leading disease killer of Americans under 20. The male and female candidate who raises the most money will become DC’s LLS Man & Woman of the Year and go on to compete for national recognition.

This year, the National Capital Area Chapter boasts its largest pool of fundraisers to date. A record-setting 21 candidates have set their collective fundraising goal at an impressive $820,000 for LLS’s mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Although the candidates will not be officially announced until the formal campaign Kickoff on April 1, the following individuals have already signed up to participate:

Margaret Babbington, Long and Foster
Dave Belford, Broad Street Realty
Rodney Beverly, Microsoft
Meagan Campion , Lockheed Martin
Cathy Clime, La Sonata Enterprises
Dani Greene, Arlington County Public Schools
Bob Holmes, Landry Creedon and Associates
Ari Hausfeld Jones, Moms for a Cure
Kane from HOT 99.5
Jennifer Keating, CDW
Andrew Kepley, Deloitte
Wil Lash, ProvatoHR & Vh1
Molly Marshall, EMC Global Services
Luis Mendoza, HSBC Securities
Sarah Milligan, National Association of Broadcasters
Hank Minitrez, Dept. of Army and Tigerden Martial Arts
Nadine Namoff, Accenture
Hap Peden, IBM
MaryJo Robinson, Booz Allen Hamilton
Lindsey Scott, Habitat Galleries
Kelly Tant, Westland Printers

I hope to see many of you at The Park on Wednesday night from 6 – 8 pm to toast to the men and women participating in this fundraising competition!

– Miss A

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