Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, a Bill Ussery Motors company, accelerated the Light the Night Campaign, on Sept. 13 when it hosted a cocktail reception in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Held in the beautiful Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables showroom set amid a backdrop of dazzling new and vintage automobiles, the event served to turbocharge the 2018 Light the Night Campaign, the nonprofit’s most important nationwide fundraising event taking place Nov. 3 at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. More than 5,000 people, including corporate and family teams who have been touched by cancer, will rally to walk in an emotional and uplifting evening that aims to shine light on one of life’s darkest moments.
Denie Harris, director of Marketing for Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, welcomed guests and introduced Dr. Guenther Koehne, Chief of Hematologic Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Miami Cancer Institute and the 2018 chair of the LLS Light the Night Campaign.
Dr. Koehne praised the pivotal research of the society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer and its steadfast efforts to provide financial support for cancer patients in need. An internationally renowned physician scientist, Dr. Koehne was a recipient of an LLS grant during 2000-03. He encouraged guests to “get into high gear” in their fundraising efforts with the countdown for the Light the Night Event in Downtown Miami less than two months away.
“We are so grateful to Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for hosting us this evening and for giving us the platform to put the campaign in overdrive as we countdown to our most important fundraiser, Light the Night,” said DeAnn Hazey, executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida.