Burnett and Galvanek Win LLS Woman & Man of the Year

Sixteen candidates were up to the challenge of a ten week fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but it was two that had truly lived the cause – and survived blood cancer – that took home the titles of LLS Man & Woman of the Year.

Chartese Burnett, Communications Director for the Nationals, and Jim Galvanek of Gensler were triumphant Saturday, though all candidates collectively raised $785,000 to help research and programs to eradicate blood cancers. Donna McKelvey, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter of LLS said that, “Both Chartese and Jim, in their cancer journey and their dedication toward finding a cure, are an inspiration to us all.”

Other than the announcement of the winner’s, a highlight of the night was the Adeler Jewler’s Jewel in the Box auction. The high bidder on an unopened box at each table won the surpise inside, which could have included a loose gemstone, gift certificate to Adeler Jewelers, or a custom-designed necklace!

The evening was emceed by WMZQ Morning Host Brian Egan, who actively promotes LLS as a member of the LLS Team in Training Program, and WJLA news personality Alison Starling.