Man and Woman of the Year- 2017 LLS Gala

I had the pleasure of covering the NC Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man and Woman of the Year Gala, at the Raleigh Convention Center this past weekend.  The event was hosted by Gerald Owens, of WRAL.

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This was my first time covering an event like this, and boy, what an experience it was, to hear about lots of remarkable people, doing remarkable work.  Individual candidates for Man and Woman of the Year, built fundraising teams over the past few months, which did more than simply solicit donations.  They held bake sales, silent auctions, and many other events that were able to inspire people to get involved, and inform the community about the amazing work being done in cancer research.

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Saturday’s event was the culmination of their hard work, and everyone came out to the black tie event, gussied up and ready to have a good time!  The event started with a silent auction, followed by dinner, and a live auction.

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When it was all said and done, and the totals were calculated, the announcement came that the candidates were able to raise just over……..$1,000,000!!!  While only two individuals were able to claim “victory” in the fundraising campaign, I felt a sense of camaraderie among everyone there, having contributed to such a worthy cause.

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I’ve shared  some of the images here, but you can see many more by visiting the Pixieset album.  You’ll need to enter a valid email address to view the images.  Send a message to, if you wish to download the set, and/or order prints.


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