WELLINGTON, Fl.—June 27, 2020—- Under very different campaign circumstances due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Grant Ganzi rallied in his ten week fundraising efforts to forge ahead of other candidates securing the title of LLS Man of The Year Palm Beach.
The Lynn University senior, third generation polo player, and The Polo School’s USPA delegate reached out to one of the most generous communities in sports, as well as family and friends to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Palm Beach chapter.
In ten weeks, Ganzi raised a total of $149,063.00. The total raised by all candidates was $670,848.00.
Due to social distancing and in compliance with CDC protocol, the 2020 LLS banquet was held via Zoom. Ganzi was awarded the title of Man of The Year on this Zoom call with15 other candidates, and family and friends in attendance.
Ganzi says, “I wanted to help raise money for this amazing cause because of my friend Brandon. He had leukemia so he inspired me. I cannot believe I won!”
Fellow teammate and polo player Brandon Phillips is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 14 and was only given 6 months to live. He beat the odds and has been in remission for over 25 years.
Ganzi’s goal was to raise $75,000 which he highly exceeded.“I surpassed my goal and I’m surprised I was able to. There were moments in my campaign where I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to reach my goal.”
Ganzi also thanks his supporters stating; “Thank you to my family, friends, team members, fellow contestants, Aiden, Lily, and the everyone at the LLS! I couldn’t have done it without you guys.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. They are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, they’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. In the 30 years of Man and Woman of the year fundraising campaigns, LLS has raised $380 million.