Six well-known Fort Worth business and community leaders are kicking off the inaugural Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign tonight. The event, which is a signature campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is a ten week fundraising blitz among business and civic leaders in the Fort Worth community. Each candidate competes for donations and the candidate with the most is revealed during the Grand Finale Gala and named the Man and the Woman of the Year. The candidates and their campaign teams will launch the 10-week fundraising blitz at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Thursday, March 9th at 5:00 p.m.
The 2017 candidates represent a diverse group of industries and connections to the LLS mission.
Briggs Freemen, Agent
Trinity Infrastructure Associate Counsel
Dr. Ken Heym
Cook Children’s Hospital, Medical Director, Oncology Program
Principle Transport Group & JA Jackson Construction, CEO
92.1 HANK FM, DJ
Gina Cook, General Manager for Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas, resides with her husband, Doug Cook, in Fort Worth, and is the chair of the inaugural event. She was a 2015 Woman of the Year candidate in Dallas.
The candidates will be raising money in honor of two young Fort Worth Honored Heroes. Jaden Lowry is the Boy of the Year and Katie Thomson is the Girl of the Year. Both are currently in the maintenance phase of their treatment regimen for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). ALL is the number one cancer killer of children under 18 years old.
The campaign will begin and end with two elegant events: the kickoff celebration on Thursday, March 9th at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and the Grand Finale Gala, which will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the Fort Worth Convention Center in the main ballroom.
The Fort Worth MWOY campaign will run in addition to the Dallas campaign. 2017 marks the third year Dallas has hosted this campaign. During its brief history, the Dallas MWOY campaign has raised more than $900,000.
We wish all of the candidates the best of luck!