2017 Class for the Savannah Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Announced for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited fundraising competition to raise critical funds for blood cancer research. The individuals who raise the most funds during Savannah’s 10 week campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society earn the titles of Man, Woman and Student of the Year.  Title-holders will be announced at the campaign’s Grand Finale Gala at Savannah Station on Friday, May 12, 2017.  The All Star Alumni candidates are representing Savannah on a national level and the winners will be announced in July.

The candidates are community and business leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their relentless ambition drives them to fundraise with remarkable results. This year's candidate class includes eleven community leaders, as well as four Student of the Year candidates and two National All Star Alumni candidates, who as a team, aim to raise $500,000 in ten weeks to fight blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is proud to announce the 2017 Savannah Man & Woman of the Year candidates, Student of the Year candidates, and National All Star Alumni:
The 2017 Savannah Man & Woman of the Year candidates:

Ashley Curry; Emily McCarthy Shoppe

Kara Ford; Abshire Public Relations

Alison Harris; Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners

Matthew Mahany; Film & Television Industry

Tyler Mouchet; Colliers International

McNab Reeves; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

David Spisso; Southwest Airlines

Courtney Victor Steigner; Glow Medical Spa

Stephanie Sweeney; Savannah Dental

Ruth Weimar; AT&T

F. Brooks Zeigler; Morris & Templeton Insurance Agency

2017 Savannah Student of the Year candidates:

Betty Barsic, St. Vincent’s Academy

Jordan Cooper, Jenkins High School

Devin Rodgers, Savannah Arts Academy

Turner Stevens, Savannah Christian Prep
2017 Savannah National All Star Alumni:

Emily Dickinson; Wet Willie’s Management Corp.

Tal Johnson; Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP

The candidates were selected by a nominating committee co-chaired by Emily Dickinson of Wet Willie’s Management Corp. and Patrick McCarthy of Rabey Electric.  Other members of the committee include:

Matthew Allen; Moves with A Purpose

Team @ Keller Williams Realty

Charles Anderson; Landsouth Design Studio

Suzanne Anderson; Chatham Hospitalists

Michael Caputo; BankSouth

Patrick Connell; Ellis, Painter, Ratterree and Adams

Carrie Egerton; Tanger Outlets

Brad Gibson; Capital A Productions

Will Gruver; Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems

Amelia Harper; TKL Research, Inc.

and 2016 Woman of the Year

Shannan Hunt; Seabolt Brokers

Lucas Kalvie; Mission Chairs

Henry Minis; Honorary Chair

Jack O’Neill; Savannah Periodontics and 2016 Man of the Year

Joseph Shearouse, Jr.; City of Savannah

Jessica Thomas; Memorial Health

“The Man & Women of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also providing assistance and hope to thousands of blood cancer patients,” said Jennie Brewster, Area Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter. “Candidates showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their commitment to the cause.”