Lymphoma Research Foundation Raises Over $1 Million at Annual Gala

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Raise it For Research Auction Helps Bring in Over $400,000 Alone for Blood Cancer Research at Sold Out Fundraiser

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Lymphoma Research Foundation Distinguished Service Award Recipients: Montel Williams, Brian Levitas, and Ellen Walker of The Paul Foundation

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – held its annual Gala on October 8, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Over 500 distinguished guests help raise over $1.1 million for the Lymphoma Research Foundation in support of its mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by the disease.

The evening’s program honored those whose contributions to LRF and the broader lymphoma community made a particular impact in 2014, including Freundlich Leadership Award Recipients Arlene & Robert Fischer and Phyllis & the late Leonard Rosen; Corporate Leadership Award Recipient Teva Oncology; and Distinguished Service Award Recipients The Paul Foundation (Founding Sponsor), Brian Levitas and Maressa Williams for their leadership in LRF’s Adolescent and Young Adult Initiative. The sold out program also featured remarks from Montel Williams, who accepted the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of his daughter Maressa, who is currently undergoing treatment.

“This has been a remarkable year of major milestones and exciting breakthroughs for those affected by lymphoma,” said Steven J. Prince, LRF Chairman of the Board. “The more than $1 million we raised at the Gala -- much of that raised in a matter of minutes -- represents another momentous landmark for the lymphoma community.”

This year’s Raise it For Research segment, presided over once again by Sotheby’s C. Hugh Hildesley, raised nearly $400,000 for LRF's Research Programs and the Adolescent and Young Adult Lymphoma Initiative in just a matter of minutes. During this unique and exciting portion of the evening, individual attendees pledged funds for lymphoma research ranging from $500 to $70,000.

“The support that the Lymphoma Research Foundation received at this year’s Gala was once again truly remarkable,” said Elizabeth Thompson, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “It was wonderful to be able to look back at the past year and celebrate the accomplishments of our Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Directors, volunteers, advocates, and supporters, and transform these moments of recognition into life-changing research funding for the future.”

For more information about the Foundation’s 2014 Gala, including photos from the event, and/or for information about lymphoma, please visit the LRF website, lymphoma.org.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $55 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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