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April 26, 2012 - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale

What: Recognition Dinner and Auction

Where: Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

When: April 26, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner/Live Auction/Announcement of Winners

Ticket Prices: $100 per Person
$1,000 per Table of Ten

Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kathy Garver (Cissy on "Family Affair")

Honoree(s): Candidates-Joshua Baker, US Foods; Liz Hughes, Robert Half International; Tim Renaud, US Cellular; Scott Schulte, Lockton Companies, LLC; and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Mary Pillsbury Jewelry; Boy of the Year-Evan; Girl of the Year-Shamorie

Executive Director: Debbie Kersting

President(s): John Walter, and CEO

Staff: Kelly Wahl, Marketing Coordinator; Erin Urban, Operations Manager; Meg Boyko, Patient Services Manager; Jennifer McKinney, School and Youth, Manager; Kathy Jamison, Special Events, Campaign Director; Kayla Hurley, Light the Night, Campaign Manager; Rich Buckley, Team in Training, Campaign Director; Michelle Livingston, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator; Shaunna Shaw, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator; Rich Sloan, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator

Sponsors: Silver-Centene Corporation; Bronze-BJC HealthCare, Express Scripts, Enterprise Holdings, Lodging Hospitality Management, Mercy, St. Charles Tower, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Grey Eagle Distributors

Auctioneer: J. Kim Tucci

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Information: Erin Urban 314-878-0780 ext. 37

Board of Directors: Trustee Officers-John Sanders, Vice Chair, Ronald T. Hofmeister, Exec/National Trustee, Debra Hollingsworth, Exec/ Secretary, Christina Macinski, Exec/ Treasurer, Dennis M. Reagan, Exec/Past President; Trustees-Anne Albrecht, Elaine C. Baragiola, Nancy Lee Barlett, MD, John Beck, Russell Been, Alicia M. Behrndt, Christopher Berg, Joan Berkman, Deepika Bhatla MD, Gail Chellis, Suzanne Dalton, Beth Davis, Margo Deloch, John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, Tim Dorsey, Bonnie Eckelkamp, Stephen Ellison, Lee Fetter, Gordon Gale, MD, Rob Hanson, MD, Rosalyn Hoehn, Jerry Holloway, Mike Hubell, Jeanie Jeans, Dan Kaplan, John Kijowski, Jerome S. Kraus, Keith Linderer, Martin McDonald, Scott Mangus, Karen E. Miller, Pat Mulcahy, Burton Needles, MD, Michael Neidorff, Bob O'Loughlin, Laura M. Peterson, Mark Reifsteck, Lee Ruzicka, Mike Saracino, Scott Savacool, Thomas Sehnert, JoAnn M. Shaw, John Sheehan, Joe Sivewright, Patricia Smith, Scott Soucy, Mary Steward, Doug Teasdale, Randall Thompson, Shawneen C. Thompson, J. Kim Tucci, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Randy Weller, Dave Wells, Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD

Blacktie Photos by: Bill Webster

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 2012 Man & Woman of the Year: Joshua Baker, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright
2012 Man & Woman of the Year: Joshua Baker, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter held its Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, Thursday, April 26, 2012. A reception and large silent auction preceded dinner, followed by a live auction conducted by J. Kim Tucci. Special guest celebrity mistress of ceremonies Kathy Garver, best remembered for her role as Cissy Davis on the television series "Family Affair", then assisted with announcement of the two Gateway Chapter winners: Joshua Baker of Crestwood, "Man of the Year" and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright of  Wildwood, "Woman of the Year". Their totals will now be entered into the national competition.

During a ten-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.” Joshua Baker and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright ended up the candidates with the most “votes,” and received the titles of 2012 Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Celebration. The candidates competed in honor of LLS’ Boy & Girl of the Year, local children who represent blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration to others.

Evan, a bright 13-year-old boy, loves school, playing the violin, swimming and tennis. When he was 10 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), but he never let it depress him. Evan's initial treatments left him completely bald, suffering from neuropathy, and 21 pounds lighter. However, with courage and determination, he endured a surgery, two lengthy hospital stays, two weeks of radiation, countless blood and platelet transfusions, and six months of physical therapy to regain his ability to walk and climb stairs. Evan epitomizes an amazing young man who, even on his worst days,  constantly is seeking ways to help others. Evan should finish chemotherapy in August 2012.

Shamorie, an upbeat 7-year-old girl, loves to dance, sing and play with her Barbie dolls. She was diagnosed with ALL on February 27, 2011 and was immediately admitted to the hospital to begin chemotherapy. She remained in the hospital for almost three weeks after that, which became hard because she missed her family and two siblings. Shamorie feels very grateful for all of the support from her friends in the St. Louis Community. She remains in the maintenance phase of treatment and should be finished in May of 2013.  

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

Altogether, Man & Woman of the Year candidates raised more than $350,000 for local blood cancer patients and researchers. “This is just one of our campaigns that allow the Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to assist more than 5,000 local patients and their families with financial aid, co-pay assistance, support groups, and education. The money raised also allows LLS to provide information in more than 530 schools on cancer and volunteerism and support children returning to school after treatment,” says Debbie Kersting, the Gateway Chapter’s Executive Director. “We are forever grateful to Joshua, Mary, and the other candidates because we could not maximize the fight against blood cancer without their diligence and network of support. After all, Blood cancer is the leading cause of deaths from cancer in children under the age of 20 and it strikes adults 10 times that number. There is no stopping until we find a cure.”

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) comprises 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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