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The annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year Gala was held at the Mellon Auditorium Saturday night. Twelve Man/Woman of the Year candidates held their breath after ten intense weeks of fundraising – begging – and collecting items for the Gala’s silent auction. Who raised the most money… who would be Man/Woman of the Year??
Nail biting until the last moment, monies raised from the auction items were tallied. Then retallied. Never before had the total reached this level – or been so close between candidates!
In the end, Patrick Judge came away as man of the Year and Michelle Fried won the Women’s title. My close friend, Pamela Sorensen, placed 1st Runner-Up, collecting over $129,000 in donations for the LLS! The collective total from all candidates soared over $850,000 – a record that will catipult the Capitol Region to the top in the national LLS fundraising challenge.