Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Launches Fort Worth Fundraising Contest

2016 Man and Woman of the Year (wearing red sashes), as well as Boy and Girl of the Year (middle), in Dallas

A black-tie gala for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is headed to Fort Worth for the first time.

Fort Worth’s first “Man and Woman of the Year” will be announced at a black tie gala set to take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in May. But this gala is a little different – it starts off with a competition first, and all for a good cause. Man and Woman of the Year is a fundraising competition that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), an organization dedicated to blood cancer research, patient advocacy and funding assistance for blood cancer patients. The event began in California 27 years ago and has spread nationwide ever since.

The competition has been held twice in Dallas and will take place in Fort Worth for the first time starting in March, leading up to a black-tie event on May 20.

“One of the things that we are trying to focus on as a chapter here in North Texas is growing our presence here in Fort Worth,” said Brian Brooks, LLS senior campaign manager.
The contest starts with 10 men and 10 women chosen by LLS. After the men and women agree to compete, candidates have 10 weeks to raise money for LLS, and no one is allowed to know how much the other is raising. Whoever raises the most funds will be named Man and Woman of the Year at the black tie gala. After being named local Man and Woman of the Year, winners will have the chance to become National Man and Woman of the Year, competing against other winners from across the country. The national winners will be announced at the end of June.

More information can be found at mwoy.org.