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I had the opportunity to do an interview with Raina LeGarreta of The Elk Grove Citizen recently about my LLS Man of the Year campaign and upcoming 24 hour long run. She put together a wonderful article which just came out today. Click here to check it out!

Our wonderful Man of the Year campaign support team has been working overtime to schedule several deliciously fun fundraisers in the coming weeks. If you’re looking for a way to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, all while satisfying your hunger, check out these easy and yummy opportunities to help: 


Pizza Bell Fundraiser

Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
March 21, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8591 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove
20% of your order will be donated to LLS
**You must present this flyer to the cashier when ordering to receive credit
 

 
Rubio’s Fundraiser
Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
March 28, 2012
2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
9624 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove
Dine at Rubio’s, take food to go, or pick up a Rubio’s a-Go-Go and 20% of your order will be donated to LLS
**You must present this flyer to the cashier when ordering to receive credit 



Chili Cook Off
Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
April 20, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Courtyard
2270 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville
$10.00 admission includes chili tasting, free drink, and silent and live auctions with fabulous prizes!
For more information, please contact Cheryl Harding at Cheryl.Harding@cbnorcal.com or (916) 223-9685
Click here for a flyer with more information

 

Rubio’s Fundraiser
Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
April 25, 2012
2:00 p.m. to Closing
9624 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove
Dine at Rubio’s, take food to go, or pick up a Rubio’s a-Go-Go and 20% of your order will be donated to LLS
**You must present this flyer to the cashier when ordering to receive credit

It’s been a busy couple weeks, to say the least. In addition to kicking off my LLS Man of the Year campaign, I’ve had the opportunity to applaud my fellow Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents at our annual awards celebration, spend a weekend in Los Angeles with our three beautiful children and celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday, and attend the Coldwell Banker Generation Blue national conference in New Orleans.

It was a wonderful convention with attendees from all over the world. On the first day, there was a leadership meeting to which all of our company presidents were invited. I had the opportunity to introduce them to LLS and the Man and Woman of the Year competition by playing the video we created, which I hope you’ve had a chance to see! 

Frankly, I was caught off guard by my own emotions as it was played before the group and I was humbled when it earned a heart felt applause from these great leaders at the conclusion.  I was aware before the video played that nearly everyone in the room, as is so often the case today in our world, would have a story about how they or someone they know has been affected by Luekemia or Lymphoma. Given this fact, my deep sense of purpose for this campaign intensified. Crazy intense!!!!

After a great dinner that evening, we all gathered early for breakfast the next morning. I knew many of the attendees well and many of my colleagues who had seen the LLS video the day before were there. As with most breakfast meetings, there was a lot of networking going on. Per the custom, I was making my rounds, saying hi to those I knew and introducing myself and getting to know many that I hadn’t known previously.

One of our presidents, who I don’t know very well, approached me with tears in her eyes. Frankly, I didn’t know why she was crying.  Through a quivering voice, she said, “Thank you so much for what you are doing.”  Honestly, I was a little confused. I smiled awkwardly, and asked, “What am I doing?” She replied, “What you are doing for LLS.  I lost two people very close to me to Leukemia. One was my brother. ” Instinctively, I hugged her and said “I am so sorry.” Inside, I was heart broken. Those were all the words that were spoken and she went back to her table. I was overwhelmed, to say the least.

A thought that I have shared with many over the last few years that has changed my life dramatically is the thought that the actions we either take or don’t take, positive or negative, impact not only our lives but, perhaps more importantly, the lives of others around us. Our spouses, our children, our friends, co-workers, acquaintances and strangers. While I am highly cognisant of this every day of my life, there are days when the realization becomes magnified dramatically. That was one of those days.

When I said yes to this endeavor several weeks ago, I was very motivated to succeed in a very big way. Today, after hearing more and more stories like this, my passion for this campaign and LLS has grown exponentially. It’s crazy, but it is a good crazy. 

And I want to once again share the video we created, in case you haven’t had a chance to see it.

Stay tuned….

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Man of the Year Fundraiser Ends:May 12th, 2012