The Savannah Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter announced five local business leaders to comprise a new Leadership Committee for Savannah. Chaired by Ruth Bartlett, LLS Board Member, the committee also includes: Mr. Craig Meyer, current Leukemia Cup Regatta Chair; Mrs. Celeste Shearouse, current Light The Night Walk Chair; Mr. Mark Shawe, past Leukemia Cup Regatta Chair and Mr. Steve Eagle, past Light The Night Walk Chair. In addition, the 2014 Man & Woman of the Year Chair, when named, will sit on this committee.
The Savannah Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts multiple fundraising events annually in Savannah and this new Leadership Committee will bring together the leaders of each event to further the mission of LLS in the Savannah Community.
The St. Joseph’s/ Candler Leukemia Cup Regatta Series of Events is underway for 2013. The Run for Jane 5K will be held at Fort Pulaski on Saturday, August 31st. The Main Weekend of Events is set for September 13-15th at The Savannah Yacht Club and includes Sailing, Fishing and Tennis Tournaments in addition to a Black-Tie Dinner. The Regatta is more than boats and crew racing. In Savannah, it is a community coming together to help fight leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers. Since the event’s inception in 1997, more than $3.5 million has been raised through the Savannah effort for the mission of LLS.
In Georgia, Light The Night’s fundraising efforts include a total of five Walks throughout the state and has grown from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $2.1 million statewide in 2012. During the evening event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the route. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons.
This year’s Savannah Light The Night Walk is expected to draw nearly 2,000 participants with a goal of raising $220,000 for LLS. Donations will be used to fund lifesaving blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and families, local family and patient support programs and financial aid for patients and their families.