On Saturday night, February 22nd, more than 400 guests attended the inaugural Red & White Ball benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The evening began with a festive cocktail reception and an extensive silent auction, featuring items ranging from trips to Africa, personal stylist consultations and a Terrell Owens signed football.
At 8 p.m., guests headed to the Millennium Ballroom for dinner and the program, which was hosted by Erin O’Hearn from 6ABC. The evening’s honoree was Bob Levis, who shared his incredible story of survival after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2002. During the past 12 years, Bob had undergone various treatments and trials, including a trial involving modified t-cells in 2013. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped fund the cutting-edge research by Dr. Carl June and his team. Today Bob Levis’s blood work is normal, and Saturday night was a celebration for everyone.
First Annual Red and White Ball
Dan Fraley and Amy Fraley.
Janice Waitkus, store director and community relations at Lagos, and Bob Watkins of URS Corporation.
Rachael Graham and Brian Walls.
From left: Bill Lawlor, partner at Dechert, Alissa Ingram of Fox29, and Tony Frick, member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's board of trustees.
From left: Rosemary Connors of NBC10, Ben Cross, Jillian Mele of NBC10, Taylor Koebele and Sheena Parveen of NBC10.
From left: Joanne E. Filicko-O'Hara and Margie Kanser, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society board of trustees.
From left: Brian LeBaron and Thomas Mele, Jr.
Mara Taff and Brian Taff, both of 6ABC. Last week Brian announced on his Facebook page that they were going to be parents of twins this summer. The couple told me the due date is July 29.
From left: Julie Tokar, Laura Gallagher and Francis Gallagher, co-chair of the gala (along with Steven Lilly)
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Eddie Bruce Orchestra.
Jeanine Linehan and Mark Carrow.
Erin O’Hearn of 6ABC, the mistress of ceremonies, spoke about how important the research LLS does, as it saved her father’s life. Her father was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease a few years ago, and thanks to a stem cell transplant he’s made a remarkable recovery to where he is now cancer free.
Gabrielle Urquhart, mid-Atlantic region vice president of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, told the guests that although today the survival rate for patients with leukemia is much better than the 3 percent chance they had 50 years ago, there is still much more work to be done.
From left: Mika Kim Harding, director of development and special events, Gregory Seitter, marketing manager, and Lauren Mallik, donor development and special events manager, all with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
From left: Mark Branle, Rebecca Class and Dick Evans.
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