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April 14, 2011 - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter's Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Celebration

What: Recognition Dinner and Auction

Where: Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

When: April 14, 2011

Time: 6:30 PM Coctails/Silent Auction, 7:30 PM Dinner, Auction, Awards Program

Ticket Prices: $75 per Person
$750 per Table of Ten
($60 per Person if purchased on or before March 18)

Beneficiary: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter

Host(s): The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Honoree(s): Candidates-Joshua Baker, U.S. Foodservice, Julie Chambers, Attorney, Gail Chellis, St. Anthony's Medical Center, Matt Grzeskowiak, Hogan Motor Leasing, Vicky Hansen, European Accent, Mike Hubbell, Boomerange Tube, LLC, Margo Keen, Centric Group; Man of the Year-Mike Hubbell; -Woman of the Year-Gail Chellis; Boy of the Year-Brendan; Girl of the Year-Sammy

Presenting Sponsor(s): Centene Corporation

Co-Chair(s): Ron Hofmeister

Executive Director: Debbie Kersting

Committee Members: Alicia Behrndt, Lisa Binowitz, Jackie Butler, Danette Davis, Debbie Etter, Mary Hoatlin, Jerry Holloway, Mick Howrey, Bob Mast, Ashley Matthews, Scott Savacool, Katrina Sommer

President(s): Ron Hofmeister, Board of Trustees

Staff: Brian Dozer, TNT Director, Vikki Rowe, Tammy Tassinari, Becky Dunning, Office Manager, Vicky Barshis, Patient Services Manager, Jennifer McKinney, School/Youth Campaign Manager, Kayla Hurley, Special Events Campaign Coordinator, Kim Thorwegen, Special Events Campaign Coordinator, Erin Urban, Special Events Campaign Coordinator, Cindy Heffner, TNT TNT Campaign Manager, Michelle Livingston, TNT Campaign Coordinator, Shaunna Shaw, TNT Campaign Coordinator, Natalie O'Brien, TNT Campaign Coordinator-Little Rock

Auctioneer: J. Kim Tucci

Quote of the evening: In 2010, 13 candidates raised $95,000. This year, 7 candidates raised over $122,000.

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Genentech, Biogen Idec

Information: Erin Urban 314.878.0780 ext. 37

Board of Directors: Trustees-Ron Hofmeister, President, Anne Albrecht, Elaine C. Baragiola, Nancy Lee Barlett, MD, John Beck, Russell Been, Alicia M. Behrndt, Christopher Berg, Joan Berkman, Deepika Bhatla MD, Scott Bremerman, Suzanne Dalton, Beth Davis, Danette Davis, John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, Tim Dorsey, Bonnie Eckelkamp, Stephen Ellison, Lee Fetter, Gordon Gale, MD, Rob Hanson, MD, Janice L. Hawk, Mary Hediger, Rosalyn Hoehn, Debra Hollingsworth, Mike Hubell, Jeanie Jeans, Dan Kaplan, John Kijowski, Jerome S. Kraus, Martin McDonald, Scott H. Malin, Christina Macinski, Karen E. Miller, Steve Millikan, Douglas Morgan, Pat Mulcahy, Burton Needles, MD, Michael Neidorff, Dennis M. Reagan, Mark Reifsteck, Lee Ruzicka, John Sanders, Mike Saracino, Scott Savacool, JoAnn M. Shaw, John Sheehan, Scott Soucy, Doug Teasdale, Randall Thompson, Shawneen C. Thompson, J. Kim Tucci, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Randy Weller, Dave Wells, Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD

Blacktie Photos by: Terry Baer

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Jerry Holloway Hugs 2011 Woman of the Year Gail Chellis.
Jerry Holloway Hugs 2011 Woman of the Year Gail Chellis.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter's Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Celebration

A South County woman and Chesterfield man raised more than $58,437 for blood cancer research and patient services, making them the winner of this year’s Man & Woman of the Year of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Gateway Chapter.

The two winners, Mike Hubbell of Chesterfield, and Gail Chellis of South County,ended up the top local fundraisers and will now be entered into the national competition for Man & Woman of the Year.

During an eight-week fundraising period beginning with a kickoff celebration, the candidates were judged solely on their success in generating funds to advance the mission of LLS. Every dollar raised counted as one “vote.” Mike Hubbell and Gail Chellis represented the candidates with the most “votes,” and were awarded the title of 2011 Man & Woman of the Year at a grand finale celebration, April 14, 2011, at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The candidates competed in honor of the Society’s Boy & Girl of the year, local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration to others.

Brendan is a 5-year-old boy with an unbelievable zest for life.  When he was just 11-weeks-old, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  After enduring five rounds of very intense chemotherapy, Brendan is now coming up on his 5th year of being cancer free.

Sammy, whose favorite song is “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, turned 6-years old on February 7.  She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) two days after Christmas 2007, and for the next two and a half years went through many rounds of chemo and many spinal taps.  Sammy was given the all clear last October.

The money raised by candidates is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience.

Altogether, Man & Woman of the Year candidates raised more than $122,000 for blood cancer research. “This is just one of our campaigns that allow the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to invest more than $19.1 million to blood cancer research in Missouri and Illinois,” says Debbie Kersting, the Gateway Chapter’s Executive Director. “We are forever grateful to Mike, Gail, and the other candidates because we could not do this without their support and hard work. After all, Blood cancer is the leading cause of deaths from cancer in children under the age of 20, and there is no stopping until we find a cure.”

Thanks to Man & Woman of the Year and the Gateway Chapter’s other programs, LLS has been able to contribute $185,000 in financial aid to patients; provide co-pay assistance of $440,000; serve over 4,750 patients with financial support, education, and support groups; and, provide school curriculum/orientation for children transitioning back to the classroom in over 530 schools.

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 or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.



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