Agreeing to utilize his leadership abilities, Dortic conducted his own fundraising campaign for LLS for the last 10 weeks. Every dollar he raised counted as one vote. The male and female candidates with the most votes were named the Chapter’s Man & Woman of the Year.
The nine candidates who participated in the campaign collectively raised $157,000 in the course of 10 weeks. Dortic himself raised $81,000 for the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter. He received overwhelming support from friends and family as well as a number of Lehigh Valley businesses lead by Shula's Steakhouse at The Promenade Shops at Saucon and Braveheart Highland Pub. Eileen Budd of Bethlehem earned the title of Woman of the Year.
Money raised from Man & Woman of the Year will benefit LLS’ mission to cure blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. This year’s fundraising was in honor of two patient heroes – the 2012 Boy & Girl of the Year were Braden Sell of Quakertown and Coco Lazaridis of Bethlehem.
“We are so grateful for the support of Dan Dortic for the amazing journey that he went on to raise money for lifesaving cancer research,” said Maida R. Milone, the Executive Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.
Winners for the Man & Woman of the Year were announced at the Grand Finale at ArtsQuest Steelstacks on Thursday, June 21st. The night included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and dinner and dancing.
Dortic is the owner of Major Hyundai in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He lives in Hellertown with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters, Danielle and Lindsay.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma,
Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada including the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter. To learn more information visit www.llls.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.