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May 19, 2012 - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Names Man and Woman of the Year

What: Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beneficiary: Research for causes, therapies, information and services in treatment of blood cancers

Host(s): Ed Greene

Honoree(s): Marc Paolicelli, Man of the Year and Kelly Bar-Or, Woman of the Year

Co-Chair(s): Jody Epstein, Amy Epstein Schneider, Zach Epstein, Jason Epstein, in honor of their late father and husband David Epstein

Executive Director: Rocky Mountain Chapter: Rebecca Russell

Committee Members: Michael Miller (Chair--his daughter Marnie Klein was Woman of the Year in 2011); Paula Arnold, Susan Bradley, William Buckley JD, Marie Cramer, Stephen Edmonds, Michelle Ellis, Victoria Frank, Sue Ellen Goss, Linda Jackson, Ralph Guglielmi, Montine Hansl, Rhiannon Hendrickson, Jeff Matous MD, Marie Matous, Marnie Klein (Woman of the Year 2011), Anisa Robinson, Rebecca Russell, Caitlin Selby, Elly Valas, Lisa Williams, Kevin Wong

Staff: Operations Director: Katie Halbert; Patient Services Manager: Lori Apple; Man and Woman of the Year Campaign Coordinator: Caitlin Selby;

Sponsors: Silver Sponsorship: Denver Mattress Co.; RK Mechanical Inc.; Shari & Bill Haskins; TexasEnergy Holdings Inc.; Bronze Sponsorship: Apollo Group/University of Phoenix; Bryan Cave; The Chotin Foundation; MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation; Linda Zinn; David Sunshine; Phillip Marcum & Linda Pasko; Roger A. Parker; Vistar; WallyPark; ICOSA Connection & Collaboration

Board of Directors: Sue Ellen Goss, President; Ralph Guglielmi, Vice President; Ross Kinney, Secretary; Mathew Anderson, Treasurer; Paula Arnold; Marianne Blackwell; William Buckley JD; Tal Diamant; Phillip Gordon; Rhiannon Hendrickson; Robert Ieans; Creigh Kelley; Marc Paolicelli; Rick Petersen; Elly Valas; MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD: Jeff Matous MD; Han Myint MD; NON VOTING ADVISORY BOARD: Patrick Hagerty; Jeff Poe

Blacktie Photos by: Heather Leider,

 Man and Woman of the Year Kelly Bar-Or and Marc Paolicelli with Boy and Girl of the Year, Taylor Jones and Jack Selden
Man and Woman of the Year Kelly Bar-Or and Marc Paolicelli with Boy and Girl of the Year, Taylor Jones and Jack Selden


The Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) named Denver’s Marc Paolicelli and Kelly Bar-Or of Greenwood Village, as the 2012 Man & Woman of the Year during the Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala held at the Denver Marriott City Center on May 19, 2012. Ed Greene, meteorologist for CBS4 Denver, served as the evening’s emcee. Paolicelli and Bar-Or were two of 14 candidates who participated in the annual fundraising campaign, which raised more than $282,000 for blood cancer research and patient support services - a record amount raised in this campaign for the chapter.

As the individual man and woman who collected the most funds during the 10-week campaign, Paolicelli raised nearly $52,000 and Bar-Or was just shy of raising $57,000.

Paolicelli is a blood cancer survivor and is a member of LLS Rocky Mountain Chapter’s board of trustees. Bar-Or ran in honor of her mother who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago.

"Blood cancers are the number three cancer killer in North America and the money raised during this campaign goes to fulfilling the LLS mission to find a cure. Currently, LLS has committed $260 million to funding research projects throughout the world – a commitment that will be funded one dollar a time," said Rebecca Russell, executive director for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of LLS. "We are extremely grateful to Marc and Kelly and our other Man & Woman of the Year candidates for their dedication and hard work in helping us raise funds for a cure so we can make these diseases a thing of the past."

The other candidates included Denver residents Kelli Douglas Hernandez, Jonathan Keiler and Linda Roberts Zinn; Tammy Adducci of Englewood; Highlands Ranch residents Adam Smith, Jeff Wasden and Heather Blake; Dr. Michael Plotnick of Johnstown; Evergreen’s Trish Dunbar; Larkspur’s Amanda Adamson; Edna Chang-Grant of Littleton; and 15-year-old Cassandra Perkins of Parker. All 14 candidates were inspired by the Boy & Girl of the Year, seven-year-olds Jack Selden of Louisville and Taylor Jones of Colorado Springs, who are both blood cancer survivors. Paolicelli and Bar-Or will go on to compete for the national title of Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Funds raised through the campaign are invested by LLS in leading-edge research that investigates the causes of blood cancers and seeks better therapies. The funds are also used to provide patients, their families and friends with blood cancer information and services to help them cope throughout their journey.

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