Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hosts 2015 Leukemia Ball, Raises Over $3.1M For Life-Saving Blood Cancer Research

On March 28th, 2015 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted their 28th Annual Leukemia Ball at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

One of Washington, D.C.’s largest non-political black tie galas, the event drew nearly 2,000 attendees. Friends, supporters, local philanthropists, and business leaders all came together in support of LLS’s mission.

Guests of the black tie affair enjoyed an elegant dinner, an awards programs featuring key-note speakers, and one of the largest silent auctions in Washington, which raised more than $300,000 in 2014. Comedian Howie Mandel entertained the crowd with his standup routine before raffling off 2 luxury cars donated by local Mercedes-Benz dealers. Following the dinner program and stand-up comedy show, the beautiful evening capped off with hundreds of guests dancing the night away to a live band led by singer Michael Cavanaugh.


“The Leukemia Ball, which is now in its 28th year, has undoubtedly played a significant role in improving the lives of our patients and their families. The money raised during this iconic Washington event funds research that directly benefits those who suffer from blood cancers.” –National Capital Area Chapter Executive Director, Beth Gorman

The event honored various organizations and individuals with awards for their unwavering support of LLS & its mission. BB&T Bank was recognized as an LLS “Titan of Business & Philanthropy” for their partnership in the fight to end blood cancers. BB&T’s 5K Run/Walk raised over $80,000 for LLS. The McLaughlin family was honored with the “James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award” which was sponsored by Emgen. Also recognized at the ball was Northrop Grumman Corporation VP and CFO James Palmer with the “Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.” After losing his son to Leukemia, Jim has dedicated himself to a lifetime of support fundraising and volunteering on behalf of LLS.


This year’s theme was “Inspired,” and the ball was absolutely breathtaking. The evening truly was one of inspiration as we learned of the hope, healing, and lives saved through this invaluable organization and the research which would not have been possible if LLS did not exist. Thanks to the generous support of attendees and sponsors, the evening raised over $3.1M for innovative, life-saving cancer research and patient programs directly funded by LLS. As a result of the philanthropic hearts of the evenings attendees and their dedication to helping others, many more lives will be now be saved through the continued work of LLS.

To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and how you can help, visit them online at

For their latest updates, news, events, and volunteer opportunities, follow the LLS on Twitter at @LLSUSA. For updates from the National Capital Region Chapter of Washington, D.C., follow on Twitter at @LLSNatCap.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood 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 and provides free information and support services.


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