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Young professionals party for 10 weeks to determine the Man & Woman of the Year

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News Shelby, Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, Jason Ryan, Megan Ryan, Carolyn Dodson, Chris Dodson, June 2013
Man of the Year Jason Ryan, from left, Megan Ryan, Woman of the Year Carolyn Dodson and Chris Dodson. Photo by © Jenny Antill
24 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Angie Guiberteau, Matt Johnson, Corie Johnson
Angie Guiberteau, left, with Matt Johnson and Corie Johnson at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Jonathan Farb, Leslie Sharp
Jonathan Farb and Leslie Sharp at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Kristen Gilmore, Sheldon Kramer
Kristen Gilmore, left, and Sheldon Kramer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
22 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Mary Maxey, Tom Parris, Billie Sue Parris, Veda Burns
Mary Maxey, from left, Tom and Billie Sue Parris and Veda Burns at te Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Kyle Dutton, Aaron Higdem, Kandice Sheehan, Mike Mahlestedt
Kyle Dutton, from left, Aaron Higdem, Kandice Sheehan and Mike Mahlstedt at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
23 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Daniel Fine, Rachel Fein
Daniel and Rachel Fein at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
21 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Karin Jamison, Larry Jamison, Jenny Pallais
Karin and Larry Jamison, left, with Jenny Pallais at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Taft McWhorter, Milo Hamilton
Taft McWhorter, left, and Milo Hamilton at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Aaron Webb, Christina Webb, Phuc Dang, Caleb Dunn
Aaron and Christina Webb, from left, Phuc Dang and Caleb Dunn at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Chad Pilbeam, Corinne Miller
Chad Pilbeam and Corinne Miller at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
Monica Hartland and John Blaisdell at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, Ted Loch
Carlos and Karina Barbieri, left, with Ted Loch at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Natalie Higdem, Bill Keener
Natalie Higdem and Bill Keener at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Renee LeBas, Jordan Lally, Judy LeBas
Renee LeBas, from left, Jordan Lally and Judy LeBas at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Freddy Goerges, Kimberly Rivers
Freddy Goerges and Kimberly Rivers at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Ashley DeNitto, Justin Tocapetillo, Jenna Sklar, Christie Miller
Ashley DeNitto, from left, Justin Tocapetillo, Jenna Sklar and Christie Miller at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 George Saltsman, J.J. Saltsman
George and J.J. Saltsman at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year event. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
News Shelby Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, Jason Ryan, June 2013
Congratulations to Jason Ryan of CenterPoint Energy for raising $110,000. Photo by © Jenny Antill
News Shelby Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, June 2013
A standing ovation for the winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society competition. Photo by © Jenny Antill
News Shelby, Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, Jason Ryan, Megan Ryan, Carolyn Dodson, Chris Dodson, June 2013
24 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Angie Guiberteau, Matt Johnson, Corie Johnson
18 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Jonathan Farb, Leslie Sharp
7 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Kristen Gilmore, Sheldon Kramer
22 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Mary Maxey, Tom Parris, Billie Sue Parris, Veda Burns
12 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Kyle Dutton, Aaron Higdem, Kandice Sheehan, Mike Mahlestedt
23 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Daniel Fine, Rachel Fein
21 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Karin Jamison, Larry Jamison, Jenny Pallais
6 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Taft McWhorter, Milo Hamilton
8 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Aaron Webb, Christina Webb, Phuc Dang, Caleb Dunn
16 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Chad Pilbeam, Corinne Miller
15 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
14 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, Ted Loch
13 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Natalie Higdem, Bill Keener
11 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Renee LeBas, Jordan Lally, Judy LeBas
5 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Freddy Goerges, Kimberly Rivers
2 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 Ashley DeNitto, Justin Tocapetillo, Jenna Sklar, Christie Miller
1 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Houston Man & Woman of the Year June 2013 George Saltsman, J.J. Saltsman
News Shelby Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, Jason Ryan, June 2013
News Shelby Leukemia Man & Woman of the Year, June 2013

They partied in art galleries, in an artist's studio, in a remodeled River Oaks home. They boogied at the Black Swan, Elaine Turner and at points across the city as young professionals played for 10 weeks raising serious dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the popular Man & Woman of the Year competition.

Their efforts far surpassed expectations. When the curtain finally fell on Friday night's Grand Finale Awards Gala at River Oaks Country Club, the YP effort had nearly doubled the original goal with proceeds coming in at a whopping $912,000. That figure will place the Houston chapter's fundraiser in the top three out of 63 chapters nationwide.

Leading the charge to reach that unexpected figure was Woman of the Year Carolyn Dodson, formerly with M.D. Anderson, who managed to corral $132,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CenterPoint Energy's Jason Ryan won Man of the Year honors by rallying his supporters to the tune of $110,000. Not far behind was Heritage Texas Properties' Mike Mahlstedt who raised a commendable $101,000, having held one of his fundraisers in his newly-remodeled River Oaks home.

Corporate support took this benefit over the top both through sponsorships (65 total, triple last year) and corporate support of individuals such as Sheldon Kramer in wealth management with Wells Fargo and Leslie Sharp in the oil and gas field, both of whom credited big business for their success.

In another record, the silent auction with close to 100 offerings brought in $151,000. No one could have been happier with the evening's results than event chair Brian Ross, an attorney at Gibbs & Bruns and a lymphoma survivor.

Rounding out the contenders for Man & Woman of the Year were Taft McWhorter, Phuc "Froggy" Dang, Freddy Goerges, John Harmon, Michael Lehtenberg, Chad Pilbeam, Dr. William Wierda, Kathryn Hite, Rula Khoury, Justine Klinke, Renee LeBas, Brandy Liss, Christie Miller and JJ Saltsman.

Troops rallying for the cause included Brittany Sakowitz Kushner and Kevin Kushner, Jonathan Farb, Milo Hamilton, Phyllis Childress, Beth Wolff, Monica Hartland and John Blaisdell, Rachel and Daniel Fein, Karina and Carlos Barbieri, Ted Loch, Corie and Matt Johnson, Man & Woman of the Year campaign manager Helen Oettinger and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society director Billy Sue Parris and Tom Parris.

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