The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces 2021 Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon Chair and Honorary Chairs

(Featured photo: Melinda Knowles, Chair; Louse and Guy Griffeth, Honorary Chairs.)*

Melinda Knowles to serve as chair, with Louise and Guy Griffeth as honorary chairs of February 11, 2021 fundraiser

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announces Melinda Knowles as chair and Louise and Guy Griffeth as honorary chairs of the 2021 Saint Valentine’s Day Fashion Show & Luncheon. The annual fundraiser will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

“Plans are already underway for the 2021 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon, which I am thrilled to announce will include amazing live auction items and inspired fashions from Highland Park Village,” remarked Knowles, luncheon chair.  “I am so grateful to the Griffeths for their leadership as our honorary chairs, as well as our hard-working event committee for their dedication to ensuring the event’s success.  The luncheon raises important funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to find cures for cancer and help improve the quality of life of patients and their families, something very near and dear to my heart having lost my own mother to cancer.”

“Guy and I are so honored to be a part of the 2021 luncheon and to continue to support the work of LLS,” said Louise Griffeth, honorary co-chair.   “Through our participation, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of research and the great strides being made by the organization for all cancers, including multiple myeloma, which Guy has been battling for 5 years.  We hope the community will join us!”

Event highlights will include a champagne reception, a raffle, recognition of 2021 award recipients, a live auction, and a runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple and featuring fashions by Highland Park Village – all followed by a seated luncheon.  The inimitable Clarice Tinsley, Fox4 anchor, will return as mistress of ceremonies.

The 2021 luncheon committee includes: advisors Nancy Gopez and Maggie Kipp; underwriting chairs Roz Colombo, Angie Kadesky, Dee Dee Lee, Lisa Shirley and Shelle Sills; “Fund the Fight” chair Jennifer LeLash; kickoff and patron party chairs Mason Custard, Pilar Henry, Marcia King and Sara Stroud; table sales chairs Dianne La Roe and Alison Pearl; live auction chairs Jennifer Davis Long and Jen O’Neal; raffle chairs Zoe Hart and Jennifer Lake; children’s chair Nikki Webb; and design chair Katherine Coker.

Founded by Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall, the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show has raised more than $13 million in its 37 years, funding research in Texas, including UT Southwestern Medical Center.   Since its inception some patient survival rates have doubled and countless advances have been made with new safer treatments for patients.

The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on February 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2301 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District.  Sponsorships start at $5,000, tables are $3,000 and tickets are $300 each, and are available now at  For additional information, contact

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. 

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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