A Santa Monica attorney is one of 15 Man & Woman of the Year candidates in an unusual competition organized by the. Greater Los Angeles Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Like all the other candidates, Gregory Rutchik has organized and is running his own fundraising campaigns to help LLS fund blood cancer research and provide support services for patients and their families.
The man and woman who raise the most money will be named the Man and Woman of the Year. Candidates are judged solely on their success at raising money, with each dollar counting as one vote.
Candidates run in honor of the Boy & Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors, as well as sources of inspiration to others.
The Los Angeles area competition has just reached the mid-way point and will culminate with a grand finale gala on April 3, at the California Science Center, at which the Man & Woman of the Year will be announced.
Explaining why he is participating, Rutchik said, “Boy & Girl of the Year Tyler Cordova and Kelly Delaney, symbolize the many kids and their families whose lives have been interrupted by deadly blood cancers. I thought, who would be there for me and my family if we were struck with a sickness such as blood cancer? We would look to our community, friends and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So I am stepping up the plate to be there for them.”
Rutchik’s fundraising event, “Celebrate for a Cure” will be held on Sunday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roosevelt School in Santa Monica. A children’s arts festival, it will include a pancake breakfast, performances by award-winning child musicians, and much more.
Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available. well. For more information, go to www.celebrateforacure.com.
Rutchik is the founder and owner of the arts and technology law group based in Beverly Hills. A Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tokyo Japan, Rutchik is a Board member for the Los Angeles Chapter of California Lawyers for the Arts and has served as Co-Chair for the American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Copyrights.
To make a contribution to Rutchik’s Man of the Year campaign or to learn more please visit: http://los.llsevent.org/ GRutchik.