The Savannah Branch of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter announced its Man & Woman of the Year at their campaign’s Grand Finale Gala at the Charles H. Morris Center. Twelve local Savannah community leaders — six men and six women — have been competing with each other for the last ten weeks to raise the most money for LLS. In its second year, the event raised $307,765, exceeding the original goal by $87,000. Michael Caputo with Starkey Mortgage, was named the 2014 Man of the Year, raising $70,666. Jessica Neeley with Workmen’s Circle Credit Union was named the 2014 Woman of the Year, raising $27,435.
“We were pleased to recruit such an outstanding class of candidates for this campaign. While only two people are awarded the titles Man & Woman of the Year, we are extremely proud of all of our candidates. Due to their tremendous fundraising efforts we have raised critical funds to find a cure for blood cancers. We couldn’t be happier with their results,” said Cinda Baker, manager of the Savannah Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.
This year, Will Gruver won the Mission Integration Award; the award to the candidate that demonstrated exceptional mission integration into their campaign. Julie Schwartz was awarded the Community Involvement Award; the award to the candidate that facilitated exposure in the community and built a strong program and team.
Every dollar the candidates raised counted as one “vote” and the candidates with the most votes were awarded the title Man & Woman of the Year. Woman of the Year Jessica Neeley and Man of the Year Michael Caputo will now be entered into the national competition for Man & Woman of the Year, which will be named in July. All the candidates competed in honor of LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year, Tishaun and Rachel, local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration to others.
The 2014 Man of the Year nominees were: Michael Caputo of Starkey Mortgage; Patrick Connell of Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP; Spy Gibson of The Haskins Company; Will Gruver of TJS Deemer Dana LLP; Nick Rintye of National Railway Supply and Brian Stafford of Stafford Promotions.
The 2014 Woman of the Year nominees were: Jessica DeLoach of Bernard, Williams & Company; Erica Herndon of State Farm Insurance; Maggie Jones; Jessica Neeley of Workmen’s Circle Credit Union; Ashley Rich of West Rehab and Julie Schwartz of St. Joseph’s/ Candler. “The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a great opportunity for participants to network with other candidates while raising money for an important cause,” said Cinda Baker. “We applaud the tireless efforts of our incredible candidates and thank each of them for making such a significant difference in the lives of so many people.”
To learn more about the campaign, go to www.mwoy.org/ga.