The quiet amongst the room as the crowd listened for the much awaited results of the Woman/Man of the Year Campaign made the anticipation higher. As Christina Diehl was announced as Woman of the Year in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the crowd roared with applause.
Christina raised a whopping approximately $52,000 during her campaign. As the first winner to ever reach the $50,000 level in Lancaster, she will be given a list of areas of leukemia and lymphoma research to then decide where her campaign funds will be applied to. The money will fund anything from research theories to experiment funding. This September, the process will begin and she will even have the researchers and follow their studies throughout the year!
Fine Living Lancaster followed Christina through her campaign, which included a kickoff dinner at Federal Taphouse, $10 gym classes at a local studio, wine pairing dinners, online donations, baseball games, cigar dinners, networking events, specific days where local companies donated a percentage of sales to her campaign, and her mother even hosted a backyard bash to raise money for LLS. Christina’s campaign ended at Plum Salon with a “Suits and Sparkles” event. Plum Salon is owned by Lani Todd, Lancaster’s first ever Woman of the Year. Lani also is the one who nominated Christina for the campaign this year.
best moment of the night! congrats to @lanchomegirl on her VERY well deserved win as the 2016 LLS Woman of the Year! Christina raised over $51k for blood cancer research! so proud of you girl!! ???❤️❤️❤️ #LLS #womanoftheyear2016 #philanthropy #cancersucks #winner #amazing #loveher #friends #happiness #lancaster #lancasterpa
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The campaign as a whole ended with a Gala at The Barn at Silverstone. A formal catered event, the gala hosted all of the campaign nominees as they anxiously awaited for the Man and Woman of the Year to be announced.
“When I first started,” Christina explains, “people said this campaign would change my life. I didn’t quite understand what they meant at first. But, people started coming out of the woodwork telling me their friends and loved ones had been affected by leukemia and lymphoma. This truly did change my entire life.” Christina’s eyes have been opened. She experienced first-hand the generosity of our beloved county, Lancaster, and their willingness to reach out and help those in need.
So excited we got to be a part of @llscentralpa Man and Woman of the Year awards! Congratulations, Christina Diehl for your hard work and dedication! #llscentralpa #awards #yorkpa #lancasterpa #womanoftheyear #centralpa #goodspirits #banquet #elegant
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