The black-tie crowd started the evening bidding on hundreds of silent auction items that ranged from trips to world-class destinations to autographed items from celebrity athletes. Many guests were also eager to purchase one of 5,000 Mercedes-Benz raffle tickets, which together with the evening's silent and live auctions ultimately raised a total of $3.3 million for blood cancer research, education, patient services and. Entertainment for the evening included a comedic performance from Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, and musical entertainment provided by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Murias went on to thank this year's Leukemia Ball sponsors, including the Raffle Presenting Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; Official Airline Sponsor, American Airlines, Congressional Honors Sponsors, Virginia Sheldon Jerome Foundation, Laborers' Charitable Foundation and Eli Lilly and Company; and Founding Sponsors, Hargrove, IEP/MPG, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and United Food & Commercial Workers.
"I would like to recognize the many individuals and organizations who served on our committee, says Joe Kelley, event Co-Chair and Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Eli Lilly and Company. "Our team of more than 60 individuals from the DC business community was critical to the success of tonight's program."
Celebrating Commitment to Defeating Blood Cancers
The evening featured a special tribute to Congressional Honors
recipients, Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming and the Congresswoman Doris
Matsui of California's 5th District. The Congressional Honors awards
|SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
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