LLS Raises $611,000 at Miami Man & Woman of the Year Fundraiser
More than 300 people attended the 2014 Miami Man & Woman of the Year Journey of Hope Gala​ hosted by the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. A total of $611,000​ was raised by all the candidates. Michael Parrish, Regional Managing Director of the South Region of Aon, was crowned the Man of the Year and Yvette A. Aleman, President and CEO of F.R. Aleman & Associates, Inc., was crowned the Woman of the Year.

The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week program to raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers. The campaign recruited candidates in the community who agreed to conduct their own fundraising campaigns and compete to earn the coveted title of Man & Woman of the Year.

Each of the candidates raised funds in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors and sources of inspiration to their families and to others. The 2014 Boy of the Year was Andres Hidalgo, and the 2014 Girl of the Year was Deja Webster

MWOY Candidates - Michelle Marchetti, Zachary Scott, Casey Munck, Jose C. Romano, Yvette A. Aleman, Woman of the Year, Michael Parrish, Man of the Year and Christine Clavijo-Kish

Christie Grays, Baptist Health and David Baxter

Miami MWOY Gala Chair Carolyn Cauceglia; Lisa Gaeta, LLS Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter Board Member; and Emily Marquez, Executive Director, LLS- Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter.

Deja Webster, Girl of the Year and Andres Hidalgo, Boy of the Year

Alix Arguelles, Amadeus and Alejandro Mendieta

Caroline and Michael Parrish (Man of the Year)

Felicia and Alexandria Turnley

Dr. Sharon Macivor, John Cross, Lizette Martino-Diaz and Dragoslav Stojkovic

Barney Revuelta, Irene Korge, Young Truong and Stephen Gamson

Cindy Eisaman and Rick Sherburne

Yessica Schaaf, Jamie Costigan and Michelle Poulin

Carroll and Godfrey Del Rio

Karent Sierra and Erika Soler

Amy Landa and Monica Goldsmith

Dr. Mark Brown, Josie Romano, Marcia and Ben Mollerre

Lidia and Fabio Oliveira

Claudia and Dr. Eduardo Barroso

Bich-ly Ludwig, Dennis Crowley, Vicky Garcia, Cruise Planners/American Express;
Rhonda Siegel and Nathalie Garcia