The health organization, which funds blood cancer research, education and patient services, has raised more than $45 million through the event since its 1988 inauguration for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma research, and patient programs.
The ball raises money through a silent auction, sponsorship by local companies, individual seat sales and a raffle for two Mercedes Benz vehicles.
Visit the Leukemia Ball’s website to learn more about opportunities to get involved.
ExecutiveBiz recently spoke with Mike Garrity, vice president of finance and administration at General Dynamics Information Technology and a member of the event’s co-chair leadership team, to gain perspective on its impact and reach.
“When you participate in the ball and contribute to the cause, you see the effect it has on children and families,” he said.
“That is what impresses me the most and why I sought a larger role in supporting LLS.”
LLS is a 62-year-old organization with 61 chapters across the U.S. and Canada that in fiscal year 2012 funded nearly $70 million of research and patient services.
The organization has awarded more than $875 million in research grants since its founding and the survival rate for children with the most common form of leukemia has improved from 3% to more than 90%.
“The event is for the national capital area chapter of LLS which means it’s in direct support of people in our local community,” said Garrity.
“The chapter supports Washington D.C., the Maryland counties of Prince George’s and Montgomery and the Virginia counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and the City of Alexandria.”
“As I listen to the different stories, I am impressed by the impact the society has had on children and families and to me that is the key message. LLS invests in research, patient services and advocacy and education.”
There are a number of ways for both companies and individuals to get involved in the charity event.
“I encourage everyone to go to the LLS website to learn more. Given the current economic challenges it is more important than ever that additional corporate sponsors step up and individuals to do whatever they can such as buying a table or individual seats at the ball to support LLS,” Garrity added.