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Kevin Steckley is setting a high bar for fundraising.

Steckley, who is part of Syndeo’s sales team, raised $91,775 through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign. As such, Steckley won the distinction of 2019 Man of the Year.

The results of the 10-week fundraising campaign were announced June 1 during an awards banquet. Chris Elmore, campaign director for the Man & Women of the Year competition, says Steckley’s total is the fifth-best all time for a Wichita candidate.

Eight men and seven women participated in the competition through the organization’s Wichita chapter. Elmore says the participants combined to raise $409,703, marking the third-consecutive year the Man & Woman of the Year event has brought in more than $400,000.

Jenna Whitehead raised $78,453 to win the Woman of the Year award.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society puts on similar competitions annually across the country.

During the 10-week campaign, participants form fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. Fundraising tactics often include email and letter writing, personal asks, sponsorships and hosting fundraising events.

Wichita’s 2018 Man & Woman of the Year campaign raised a record $464,000, up from $416,000 in 2017, according to data from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

~Josh Heck, Marketing Manager Syndeo