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June 12, 2007 - THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY - MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR 07

What: 2007 GRAND FINALE AWARDS GALA

When: June 12, 2007

Committee Members: Robert Elgidely, Chairman - Victoria Desilvio - Patsy Mennuti - Sheriann Namer - Jason North - Joyce Salamone

Sponsors: ACLORNO & YOSS – THE HONORABLE ARLENE SIMON – CONNIE CHANEY, SPACE PLUS SELF SOTRAGE CENTER – ROBERT ALLARD POOL CONTRACTING, INC. – BANK UNITED – SUN TRUST – ALBANESE MEDICAL CENTER – DAVID LEVINE, HUDSON VIEW ASSOC. – GIBRALTAR PRIVATE BANK & TRUST – GREENBURG TRAURIG, NEW YORK – MILBERY & KESSELMAN, CPA’S, P.A. - SHOWBOATS - THE HONORABLE PAUL BACKMAN & THE SACKS GROUP YACHTING PROFESSIONALS

Special Thanks: PUERTO RICO ADVISORY COUNCIL: Eileen Acosta - Lety Juan - Jose Lalane - Edison O. Matos - Ruben Quintero - Jorge Pagen

Board of Directors: BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Daren Grosman, M.D., PhD, President - Ana Valladares, Vice President - Karen Miller, Secretary - David Weiss, Treasurer - Mia Ahmed - Regina Blanz - Robert Elgidely - Gary M. Farmer - Terese Garza - Rosie Gonzalez - Ken Hetlage - Maria - Lopez - Tom Nork - Hector Rodriquez-Cortes, M.D. - Joseph Scott - Norb Sieber - Maureen Smith - Dan Yaffe

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:


 CANDIDATES:  Mary Siragusa, Alyssa Lovitt, Mark Corbett, Katrina S. Campins, Jeffrey Backman, Connie Chaney, John Haley, Gus Moyer & Dan Renzi
CANDIDATES: Mary Siragusa, Alyssa Lovitt, Mark Corbett, Katrina S. Campins, Jeffrey Backman, Connie Chaney, John Haley, Gus Moyer & Dan Renzi

IN JUST 8 WEEKS, NINE OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS RAISED NEARLY $125,000 FOR LIFESAVING CANCER RESEARCH

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s South Florida Chapter Announces Local

2007 Man & Woman of the Year

June 8, 2007 - A Ft. Lauderdale woman and a Plantation man raised more than $80,000 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 South Florida Chapter.

The two winners, Jeff Backman of Plantation, and Connie Chaney of Ft. Lauderdale, were 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 raising money to help the Society fund research to find cures and better therapies and provide information and support to blood cancer patients and their families.

Every dollar raised counts as one “vote.” Jeff Backman and Connie Chaney were the candidates with the most “votes,” and were awarded the title of 2007 Man & Woman of the Year at a grand finale celebration on June 8, 2007. 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. 

Jeff Backman is married and a proud daddy to a newborn baby girl named Blake Michelle. He is an attorney with the law firm of Adorno & Yoss, and his passion to help his clients, coupled with his love of the law, has lead him to great success.

Connie Chaney is the owner of the 5-story, Space Plus Self-Storage, facility in Ft. Lauderdale, that has been voted the “Best Storage Facility” for 2004 and 2005 by Sun-Sentinel. In 2005 she was named the Small Business Owner and Person of the year by the Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in numerous organizations in Ft. Lauderdale.

“Man & Woman of the Year is a great opportunity for participants to network with other candidates while raising money for a great cause,” said Joanne Davis, the South Florida’s chapter executive director.  “Candidates gain personal and professional exposure in the South Florida community while they help others.” Sponsors of this event include, Adorno & Yoss, The Honorable Arlene Simon, Connie Chaney-Space Plus Self Storage Center, Robert Allard Pool Contracting, Inc., BankUnited, SunTrust, Albanese Group, LLC., Concentra Medical Centers, David Levine-Hudson View Associates, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, Greenberg Traurig-New York, Milbery & Kesselman, CPA’s, P.A., ShowBoats International, The Honorable Paul Backman, and The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 66 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $486 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 4.2 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the Society’s Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

2007 WINNERS:

CONNIE CHANEY     (2007 Woman of the Year)

ALYSSA LOVITT         (2007 1st Runner Up)   

JEFFREY BACKMAN     (2007 Man of the Year)

JOHN HALEY                    (2007 1st Runner up)

2007 BOY & GIRL OF THE YEAR

RICHARD "BAM BAM" TORRES

SOFIA BLANCO

Other Candidates:

Dan Renzi

Katrina S. Campins

Mark Corett

Mary Siragusa

Gus Moyer

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