2016 Miami Man & Woman of the Year Journey of Hope GalaSaturday, June 11, 6:30pm-11pm – Intercontinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami

The Southern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2016 Miami Man & Woman of the Year campaign will conclude ate 11 at the Journey of Hope Gala Grand Finale, where this years Man & Woman of the Year will be named. Ten outstanding community members are among the candidates seeking the respective crowns of 2016 Miami Man of the Year and 2016 Miami Woman of the Year. This year’s campaign honors two local patient heroes. Gio Peña, the 2016 Boy of the Year, and Mairen Bello, the 2016 Girl of the Year.

The 2016 Miami Man & Woman of the Year campaign began March 30 at a special Kickoff Celebration, hosted by BBVA Compass Bank South Florida Market President Roberto Muñoz, Chairman Emeritus of the Man & Woman of the Year campaign and the 2011 Miami Man of the Year. The 2016 Man & Woman of the Year campaign is led by Alejandro Mendieta, of MetLife Premier Client Group of Florida.

The 2016 candidates are: Melissa Bales, Multivista; Angela de Cespedes, Akerman LLP; Brian Diaz, actor and entertainer; Janet Oñate, Bacardí; Alex Pascual, BBVA Compass Bank; Nick Peña, Cruise Planners; Hugo Perez, United Data Technologies; Ali Samek, Samek Sells; Yolanda Strader, Carlton Fields; and Christina Telesco, Luxury Attaché – Paramount. Additionally, Jay Granieri, a 2015 Fort Lauderdale Man of the Year candidate, is now a candidate for the 2016 National All Star Man of the Year competition, representing the Southern Florida Chapter of LLS. Granieri is a successful realtor who serves as part of Team Jonathan Keith at Coldwell Banker in Fort Lauderdale. For more info contact DeAnn Hazey at 954-744-5300 or DeAnn.Hazey@LLS.org.