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Man & Woman of the Year

After 10 weeks of parties, Man & Woman of the Year competition sets fundraising record

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10 Matt and Lindsay Sturm, from left, and Erin and Mike Maggi at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Matt and Lindsay Sturm, from left, and Erin and Mike Maggi. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
9 Man and Woman of the Year Nick Stefanakis and Hasti Taghi at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Man and Woman of the Year Nick Stefanakis and Hasti Taghi. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
11 Nina Gutierrez, from left, Garcia Maidie Ryan,  Sarah Welch and Lauren Hoffer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Nina Gutierrez, from left, Garcia Maidie Ryan, Sarah Welch and Lauren Hoffer. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
5 Jason Ryan, from left, Simon Tipper, Katie Tipper-McWhorter and Ed Townend at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Jason Ryan, from left, Simon Tipper, Katie Tipper-McWhorter and Ed Townend. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
13 Sheldon Kramer and Mike Mahlstedt at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Sheldon Kramer and Mike Mahlstedt. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
7 Kandace Sheehan, left, and Angie Guiberteau at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Kandace Sheehan, left, and Angie Guiberteau. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
6 Josh Governale, from left, Sam Governale and Tod Eason at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Josh Governale, from left, Sam Governale and Tod Eason. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
4 Angela Sturm-O'Brien and Jake O'Brien, from left, with Stephanie Bundage at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Angela Sturm-O'Brien and Jake O'Brien, from left, with Stephanie Bundage. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
3 Bruce Padilla, left, and Shelby Kibodeaux at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Bruce Padilla, left, and Shelby Kibodeaux. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
2 Brent and Melanie Baxter at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Brent and Melanie Baxter. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
12 Peter Remington and Beth Wolff at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Peter Remington and Beth Wolff. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
1 James Ryan and Sydney Marquis at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Girl and Boy of the Year Sydney Marquis and James Ryan. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
8 Table setting with program at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
Table setting with program. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
10 Matt and Lindsay Sturm, from left, and Erin and Mike Maggi at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
9 Man and Woman of the Year Nick Stefanakis and Hasti Taghi at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
11 Nina Gutierrez, from left, Garcia Maidie Ryan,  Sarah Welch and Lauren Hoffer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
5 Jason Ryan, from left, Simon Tipper, Katie Tipper-McWhorter and Ed Townend at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
13 Sheldon Kramer and Mike Mahlstedt at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
7 Kandace Sheehan, left, and Angie Guiberteau at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
6 Josh Governale, from left, Sam Governale and Tod Eason at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
4 Angela Sturm-O'Brien and Jake O'Brien, from left, with Stephanie Bundage at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
3 Bruce Padilla, left, and Shelby Kibodeaux at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
2 Brent and Melanie Baxter at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
12 Peter Remington and Beth Wolff at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
1 James Ryan and Sydney Marquis at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014
8 Table setting with program at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Gala June 2014

Ten weeks of fervent fundraising via dozens of creative parties came to a frenzied close at the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Grand Finale Awards Gala at River Oaks Country Club. In the end, a record $900,000 was raised by the 19 candidates who competed in the annual benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The fundraising including everything from art auctions to fashion shows and a kids polo tournament to a swell pop-up dinner at Triniti.

Man of the Year Nick Stefanakis rounded up enough friends and contributors to raise a record $167,000 while Woman of the Year Hasti Taghi pulled in $107,000 through her series of sophisticated gatherings. Fleming's Sam Governale gave Stefanakis a literal run for his money, coming in second, while Erin Maggi raised the second-highest amount among the female contingent.

Even down to the last minute at the black-tie finale, guests could contribute to their favorite candidate through the silent auction. Adding a colorful splash to the competition was artist Taft McWhorter, who painted away while guests upped the ante on his work which was part of the silent auction.

Emcee Dana Tyson introduced the candidates as well as Boy and Girl of the Year, James Ryan and Sydney Marquis. Milo Hamilton and Nina Gutierrez were recognized with citizenship awards.

Among the 500 guests were Lindsay and Matt Sturm, Michael Mahlstedt, Maidie Ryan, Sheldon Kramer, Kandace Sheehan, Ed Townend, Katie Tipper-McWhorter, Simon Tipper, Melanie and Brent Baxter, Angela Sturm O'Brien and Jake O'Brien and Stephanie Bundage.

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