On Friday, May 9, 2014, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Palm Beach campaign reached its Grand Finalé at The Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center. After 10 weeks of fundraising efforts organized by 12 dedicated nominees, over $500,000 was raised, of which more than $160,000 was raised by Nicholas Mastroianni III. This record-setting feat resulted in his win for 2014 LLS Man of the Year. Between February 27 and May 9, 2014, Mastroianni raised a total of $160,420. Nicholas Mastroianni III, Vice President of Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, was nominated to participate in the annual event by Jennifer Chanay of Gulfstream Media. He and his supporters, Team H.O.P.E (Helping Others Pursue Ever- after), organized fundraisers and outreach initiatives spanning the East Coast. Each dollar raised in the competition counted for one “vote” towards the Man & Woman of the Year challenge. Mastroianni and his competitors were racing to raise funds in honor of the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year: Joshua Johnson and Piper Apfel, local children who are fighting blood cancers. “When I was told of my nomination to compete in the annual campaign, I immediately accepted, as blood cancer is a disease that has directly affected my family,” explains Mastroianni. “And when I had the pleasure of meeting these two children, Joshua and Piper, who are so young and so full of life, my dedication to the cause was steeled by my admiration for their resilient spirits amid their continuous fights for life, as well as the strength of their families.” Mastroianni continues, “LLS has helped raise over $1 billion in efforts to find a cure to blood diseases. I am honored to be a part of such an initiative.” Mastroianni and Team H.O.P.E. reached out to business partners and local business owners for help with fundraising. His biggest event, An Evening at the Auction, combined the efforts of many, including Provident Jewelry, C’est Si Bon, Perfect Vodka and the Jupiter Magazine. His list of attendees was wealthy with supporters – including previous Men and Women of the Year winners Joey Fago, Valerie Fiordilino, Eric Inge, Jennifer Martin and Stacy Mikel. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to raise awareness for a cause,” states Mastroianni. “I did not act alone in raising $160,000 in support of LLS; it was through the collective efforts of many who supported my cause. I’d like to personally thank so many individuals for their help. And as you can imagine, it took many of people, including many local businesses, to make this extraordinary feat a reality.” Mastroianni’s record-setting level of fundraising puts him in the running for the National Man of the Year Competition. This title will be awarded June 30, 2014. “Being entered for the title of National Man of the Year is so much more than I ever expected; and it would be a great honor. The recognition would do a tremendous amount of good for the Palm Beach Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and blood cancer patients everywhere. I am glad this new record-breaking amount sets the bar high, so future candidates in our area strive to break it! And I hope that happens! It only means we are that much closer to finding a cure.” About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. The 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 to those affected. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about the organization, visit www.LLS.org. Allied Capital and Development of South Florida, LLC Founded in 2004 by Nicholas Mastroianni II, Allied Capital and Development of South Florida quickly became one of the region’s most respected firms, noted for its extraordinary vision for building the right projects in their ideal locations. Headquartered in North Palm Beach, Florida, Allied Capital brings extensive experience, proven knowledge and outstanding personal service to every project. Allied has partnered with the industry’s top architects, planners and contractors to develop properties that demonstrate environmental responsibility and green building practices into every facet of development. The executive team of Allied Capital shares a combined 125 years of experience in the development and building of handpicked properties. Through their experience, demonstrated success and lasting relationships with other industry leaders, the team at Allied Capital continues to fulfill their mission of developing and funding strategic projects within the South Florida market that will bring about a positive impact upon the surrounding area and community.