FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 200 parents, friends and alumni of The Peck School of Morristown attended the school's biennial "Friends, Film & Philanthropy" luncheon at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel, on Thursday, November 12. The event raised more than $25,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
According to the Peck Parents' Association, 100 percent of net proceeds went directly to LLS—with the total amount raised far exceeding the Peck Parents' Association's fundraising goals.
"We are grateful to our Peck community, supporters and friends for donating so generously to this cause," said Carrie Kurtzman, president of the Peck Parents' Association. "Most, if not all, of us have a connection to cancer and we are so grateful to be able to support this amazing organization and make a positive impact for all families battling blood cancer."
One of the school's most popular events, the "Friends, Film and Philanthropy" luncheon celebrates the achievements of the school's distinguished alumni while also supporting worthy causes.
This year's featured speaker was Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jack Youngelson, a Peck alumnus, who presented clips from several of his recent films, including the premiere episode of PBS' acclaimed three-part series: "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." Youngelson spoke fondly about his time at Peck, explaining how those formative experiences continue to inform his work as a writer, producer and director.
Youngelson was joined by LLS' Laura Buckley, national director of philanthropy, and Peck teacher Kristin Young, who spoke bravely about her own battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org.
About The Peck School
Since 1893, The Peck School has prepared graduates to succeed in secondary school and to lead healthy, productive and principled lives. Through a commitment to character formation and an inspirational and rigorous academic program, Peck's independent, co-ed K-8 curriculum strives to teach students life skills, consideration of others and a life-long love of learning. To learn more about Peck, visit: www.peckschool.org.
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