Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter hosted its 20th anniversary grand finale "Man & Woman of the Year" gala celebration at Hilton Baltimore, in its magnificent Holiday Ballroom.

A fabulous $3 million locally, has been raised from this event to support LLS research and patient services.


"Man & Woman of the Year" is an intensive 10 week fundraising campaign involving the LLS organization and this year, eleven caring men and women candidates raising vital dollars to support life saving research to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma patients.

Also, every year, two children afflicted with a blood cancer, fortunately survivors, are included as part of this campaign. This year, seven-year-old Aaron Augustine and sixth grader Kiley Morgan were the "Boy and Girl" of the year!

Both Aaron and Kiley interestingly drew a meaningful child's picture, had it framed, and sold at the live auction. The added bonus, they sold their artistic pictures for a substantial amount of fundraising dollars! Both Aaron and Kiley were so very happy to be able to participate and contribute to this very important fundraising campaign!

Overall, the Man & Woman of the Year campaign this year garnered a phenomenal $285,000!

Dr. Doug Miller is this year's "Man of the Year." Ms. Blaney Spinelli, is "Woman of the Year."

Dr. Doug Miller in addition to his private practice, is a chiropractor for the Baltimore Ravens (1996-2012), Baltimore Blast and University of Maryland (2006-2009).

Blaney Spinelli owner of Wee-cycle Mart, is also an independent associate with LegalShield.

Actually, all the candidate entrants were and are winners in raising vital dollars to benefit the fight against dreaded blood cancers!

Ed Levendusky chaired this successful "Man & Woman of the Year" event; Kim Lennon, was campaign chair; Beth Prensky is director, special events; Matt Hjortsberg is Baltimore Chapter president; Jon Rosa, is executive director, of our Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), located at 100 Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills.

Charlie Crowson, co-anchor of WMAR Good Morning Maryland was the personable Master of Ceremonies for this event.

Interestingly, prior to coming to Baltimore, Charlie was a TV anchor in Little Rock, Arkansas. He worked as a multimedia journalist, earning two Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and three Associated Press Awards! Welcome to Baltimore, Charlie! You are doing a great job!

Ron Kirby was the successful auctioneer for the live auction of many items obtained by the "Man & Woman of the Year" candidates, plus the two kids that submitted their pictures.

Rebecca Francis was event fotog.

The Leukemia, Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy for lifesaving treatments.


Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes are diseases that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.

An estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from leukemia, Hodgkins lymphoma, NHL or myeloma.

Lymphoma statistics:

The five-year relative survival rate for patients with Hodgkins lymphoma has more than doubled from 40% between 1969 and 1963, to 86.3% between the years 2001 and 2007!

Myeloma statistics:

The five year relative survival rate for myeloma patients has increased from 12% between 1960 and 1963, to 46.1% between 2001 and 2007!

LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families! YES!

If you are interested in participating in the "Man & Woman of the Year 2013" campaign, please call for more info 443-471-1620.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is recipient of the 15th Annual "Sizzling Celebrity Golf Classic" presented by Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Havana Club, Wednesday, September 12th, at the Woodholme Country Club, located in Pikesville.

To register your foursome or sponsorship or for more info, please call the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter at 410-471-1608.

Lifecycle Simcha Celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens, young adults and seniors (recycled teenagers):

City Councilwoman Rikki Spector, Dottie Finkelstein, Lil Weinberg, Vicky Understein, Jeffrey Shargel, Charles McConville, Don Silver, Stan Schulman, Dr. Ashley Block, Dr. Anne Young, Caryn Sagal, Doris Rocklin, Elaine Adelberg, Dr. Steve Adashek, Dr. Michael Rosner, Dr. Arnold Feldman, Dr. Mark Whitman, Dr. Jerry Buxbaum, Dr. Stanley Klein, Trudy Magarill, Paula Schugam, Ilona Robinson.

And Dave Swirnow, Robert Schaftel, Harvey Schevitz, Bernie Weisman, Judi Cataldo, Marlene Pachino, Ellene Pomerantz, Sue Feigelman, Laurie Okin, Anna Dopkin, Michael Kovens, Richard Rynd, Marty Bass, Bruce Cherelstein, Diane Zimmerman, Arlene Veditz, Beverly Penn, Janice Perlman, Larry Katz, Marc Blum, Gary Stern, Marty Liss, Michael Shapiro, Lewis Adelstein, Pete Silton, Jay Gouline, Mary Beker, Rebecca Elgart, Sid Spunt, Rob Kroopnick, Michael Berlin, Eleanor Allen, Ellen Saltzman, Bernadette Leeds, Dizza Levie, Marie Stern, Evelyn Hillman, Jane Critz, Michael Snair, Stuart Scherr, Leon Fine, Michael Berey, Sherrie and Carl Polsky.

Happy kids birthdays to McKenzie Evans and Joia Weinstein.

Happy, happy birthday to each and everyone and those celebrating birthdays not listed! Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes, the goodies!

Engagement congrats: Rachel Alpert to Dan Albert. (This is an easy name change!)

Marriage: Best wishes for wedded bliss:

Rachel (Caplan) and lst Lt. John Humphreys

Karina (Hilleard) and Jason Gershowitz

Newborns: Welcome to the following adorable, precious, new bundles of joy:

A son, Max Barnett, to Jenn and Jeffrey Zwillenberg

A daughter, Tair Sinai, to Rebecca Keys and Yonathan Miller

A son, Joshua Ian, to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Scherr.

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses and a few loveable squeezes on their eensie weensie tiny diapered tushes!

Anniversary congrats: A whopper fabulous (platinum) 70th anniversary to Reba and Whitey Schwartz! WOW! 70 years!

A gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary to Joyce and Dr. Gene Strull, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Sheer.

Another WOW! A fantabulous 70th anniversary and two 60th anniversaries! Fabulous! We all wish Reba and Whitey, the Alvin Sheers, Joyce and Dr. Strull, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! YES!

A lovely (emerald) 55th anniversary Anna and Leon Kalensky. A fab 52nd anniversary Dr. and Mrs. Mel Kopilnick. Ringing in their (golden) big 5-0 half century anniversary Paula and Paul Hollinger.

A beautiful (sapphire) 45th anniversary Marilyn and Jack Kiner. A wonderful 44th anniversary Dianne and Stuart Newborn, Sharon and Stan Zirkin. A lovely (ruby) 40th Anne and Steve King, Mr. and Mrs. Walt Weinstein.

A pretty (coral) 35th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. David Landsman. An enjoyable 33rd anniversary Cantor Ann and Joel Sacks. An equally enjoyable 32nd anniversary Norleen and Kenny Gensler and an enjoyable 31st anniversary Geri and Gary Kessler. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary Millie and Paul Naviasky, Darlene and Richard Siegel.

A very happy 27th anniversary Jaci and Bobby Friedlander. Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter century anniversary Dr. Rena and Ari Lapidus, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Levin.

A very happy 22nd anniversary Nona and Michael Renbaum, Linda and John Elias. An enjoyable 20th anniversary Debbie and Keith Rosenbaum, Kerry and Vadim Peters.

A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Laurel and Brian Zemil, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Nusinov. A great 26th anniversary Ellen and Oren Saltzman, Elaine and Ross Jandorf, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rome.

A happy 5th anniversary Jessica and Jeremy Murray. An equally happy 1st anniversary Julie and John Singer.

Happy anniversary also Elaine and John Freeman.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and to those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Your choice of awesome cool/hot happy double digit birthday cha, cha, chas to Logan Bierer

Bar Mitzvah: Mazel Tov to Derek Gold, Jeremy Green

Happy young adult birthdays: Brina Winer, Zachary Friedman, Joe Eisenstein, Zachary Lansing.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays: A wonderful milestone 21st birthdays to Emily Fine, Meredith Geller, Penina Kozlovsky, Corey Seidel, Kody and Kory Rash. A very happy 22nd birthday Anastasia Alexander.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed!

Happy milestone birthdays all!

Holiday: Sunday, Sept. 9 is Grandparents Day!

Only one week until high holidays begin.

Reminder: Only one more week, Sunday evening Sept. 16 is Erev Rosh Hashanah!

Memo: Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening Sept 7 is 7:09 p.m.

Everyone have and enjoy a terrific week. Yes, everyone!