Dynamo Senior VP named LLS Man of the Year

Rocky Harris, with help from the Dynamo organization and fans, raises money for LLS


Photo Credit: 
Courtesy LLS

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced its Man & Woman of the Year last Thursday
night, June 17, at the Grand Finale at the River Oaks Country Club. For the last
10 weeks, 14 local professionals - seven women and seven men - have been
competing for the title Man & Woman of the Year and have raised more than
$208,000 to help LLS fund blood
cancer research and provide support for patients and their

Emcee Dana Tyson, the host of Sunny
99.1’s Sunny Mornings, announced the winners of this inaugural fund-raising
event. Every dollar the candidates raised counted as one “vote,” and the
candidates with the most votes were named the winners. Rocky Harris, Senior Vice President of
the Houston Dynamo, was voted Man of the Year and raised more
than $41,000, and Carol Colin of Team Superheroes for a Cure was voted Woman
of the Year and raised $37,000.
Both winners will now be entered into the national competition of Man &
Woman of the Year, and that winner will be named in

The candidates competed in honor of
LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year, Jack Dragna (age 7) and Hannah Gilbert (age
10), two local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of

“Every candidate is a winner for
increasing awareness about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and raising
research money to find a cure,” said Billie Sue Parris, Executive Director of
the LLS Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.

Harris said, “I was truly honored to
participate in such a worthwhile campaign. The entire Houston Dynamo
organization and our fans supported me as I exceeded my original goal by over
500%. I campaigned on behalf of my mom and all of the thousands people suffering
from blood cancers. Now, thanks to the efforts of all 14 candidates, we are
$208,000 closer to finding a cure.”

“It was truly an honor to raise
money for LLS, an organization that helps families like mine that have battled,
are battling or will battle leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers.
It was so much fun organizing a team of superheroes and finding creative ways to
encourage others to financially support blood cancer research and awareness. The
response was phenomenal surpassing all expectations. I believe all involved are
superheroes daily!” said Carol Colin.

The evening included a silent
auction, cocktails and appetizers, and a special guest performance from
award-winning artist and songwriter Kristine Mills.

The 2010 Man & Woman of the Year
campaign is supported by its generous corporate sponsors: BMC Software, Forza
Resources, Genentech, H-E-B, Houston Dynamo, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Momentum
Audi, and Volkswagen. LLS would also like to offer a special thanks to Sara
Catherine Photography and Flowers by Nino.

The 2010 candidates

  • Sonia Azad – Reporter at KTRK-TV
    (Channel 13)
  • Fidan Baca – Marketing Manager for
    Ei8ght, Pub Fiction and Shot Bar
  • Beth Bryant – Team Conquer Cancer
  • Veda Burns – Team Agents and
  • Carol Colin – Superheroes for a
  • Dan Davenport – Sales Manager for
    DePuy Orthopedics
  • Dr. Anna R. Keating Franklin –
    Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer
  • Rocky Harris – Senior Vice President
    for the Houston
  • Mikki Dorsey – Professional Search
    Consultant for ProStaff
  • Jason Kohll – Senior Director of
    Corporate Development for the Houston Rockets and
  • Laura La Rue – Event Planner,
    Bristol Stone
  • Jared Lang – General Manager of
    Momentum Audi/VW
  • Jean-Claude Pratts – Owner and CEO
    of JCP Consulting
  • Dr. Alejandro Preti – Medical
    Director-Oncology Unit, The Methodist Hospital

For more information on the
campaign, please visit www.mwoy.org/txg or call
Elizabeth Weiss at 713.680.8088

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma
The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society®, headquartered in White Plains,
NY, with 67 chapters in the United States and Canada,
is the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to funding blood cancer
research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure
leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of
life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has
invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia,
lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 5.1 million contacts with
patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.