Debbie Hayhurst, Libby Hunt and Sharon McCullough to serve as Honorary Chairs of 40th Annual Luncheon
(Featured photo: Honorary Chairs Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Sharon McCullough.)*
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) proudly announces longtime supporters Debbie Hayhurst, Libby Hunt, and Sharon McCullough as honorary chairs of the 2024 Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show: Love Rises.
“We are so pleased to serve as honorary chairs for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. The dedicated work that The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society does for the funding of blood cancer research, as well as educating and giving help to families in crisis, is an inspiring and life-giving cause. We feel honored to be a small part of such a noble organization,” remarked Libby Hunt. “We also enthusiastically applaud Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall for their passionate leadership in founding this most successful charity luncheon 40 years ago, and whose legacy is enthusiastically carried on by this year’s co-chairs Brooke Shelby and Samantha Wortley.”
In addition, the following 2024 award recipients have been selected and will be recognized during the luncheon program:
- The ICON Award, given to beloved individuals from the Dallas-Fort Worth community who are considered icons through their philanthropic efforts, will be presented to luncheon co-founders Rusty Duvall and Janet Evans, who are both loved and adored in the Dallas community. It is only fitting that Duvall and Evans receive the award as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary. Since its inception, the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show has raised more than $15 million for cancer research.
- The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award recognizes individuals who have had a profound impact in the community, specifically in the fight against cancer. Moll Anderson is an inspirational interior designer, life stylist, author and a dedicated philanthropist. Aside from being a UNICEF Ambassador, Moll also has a heart for women and children’s causes, such as the fight against leukemia, the most common type of cancer in children and young adults. Moll has generously supported LLS and other local cancer organizations over the years, helping to fuel research and providing support to patients battling these diseases.
- The Spirit of Tom Landry Award, given to a youth who has battled blood cancer, will be presented to 23-year-old Campbell Fearing. Diagnosed in November of 2022 with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Campbell was in need for a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. He and his family organized a drive which resulted in raising awareness as well as finding a stem cell match and now Campbell is in recovery phase. Campbell has relied on his faith and his family during this journey, sharing his experience and inspiring others in the fight against cancer to stay positive and live life to the fullest.
- The Memorial Hero Award honors an individual in the community who has passed away and who battled blood cancer. The 2024 award will honor the memory of Ryan Anthony, the principal trumpet for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra who passed away from multiple myeloma in 2020. During his treatment, he launched what was meant to be a one-time concert, CancerBlows, featuring legendary trumpet players from around the world. Today the concert continues in cities around the U.S. and his legacy lives on through The Ryan Anthony Foundation.
Chaired by Brooke Shelby and Samantha Wortley, The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on February 8, 2024 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2301 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Event highlights will include a champagne reception, recognition of the 2024 award recipients, and of course, the runway show with fashions provided by Highland Park Village– all followed by a seated luncheon. Sponsorships and tables are on sale now. For additional information, contact Caitlin.Williamson@lls.org.
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 www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
*Courtesy photos LLS.
(This Philanthropy Lifestyles eBuzz post courtesy The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society).