Frosted Gala Raises Close to a Million


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Palm Beach Area Chapter, Raises Over $941,000 at Annual

Black-Tie Gala “Frosted”

Richard Rendina and Marjorie Rendina by Capehart Photography.

It was evening of glitz and glamour as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society transformed the ballroom at The Breakers Palm Beach in to a sparkling vision for their annual Black-tie gala. The January 26th event, Frosted, was once again sold out and raised over $941,000 for the organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers.

“We are thrilled with the success of this event,” shared executive director, Pam Payne. “The tireless work of our committee, our dedicated sponsors, and the many, many guests who attended are helping us to pave the way for even more strides in the fight against cancer. “

Funds raised at the Gala support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families, including supporting local patients and their families by providing critically needed financial aid.

“As someone who has experienced the feelings of a diagnosis, I know the weight that is on the shoulders of LLS as they work to find a cure,” shared 8-year survivor and co-chair of the gala, Richard Rendina. “We must continue our work and raise as much money as possible to support research efforts. We cannot stop until a cure is found!”

Following the moving speech by Rendina, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, the chance to bid on ultra-exclusive items in the auction and danced the night away while enjoying live music by Rock With U. Most notable, the feeling in the room was one of comradery that can only come from a mutual desire to cure cancer.

Continued Payne, “Over $941,000 raised tonight. Wow. I know that with this support we are not only going to change lives, but we are going to save lives.”

Notable guests in attendance include: Janice and Peter Brock, Sean and Erin McGould, Whitney & Scott Perkins, Marjorie Rendina, Lauree and Robert Simmons.  

Carissa and Nick Coniglio along with Tricia and Rich Rendina served as gala chairs of the event with Jennifer and Cristopher Harris and Cameron and Jeff Preston serving as host chairman. Allegra and Calixto Garcia Velez IV, and Meredith and Michael Katzenberg served as junior chairs. 

Sponsors include: Lighthouse Partners, Tommy Morrison, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Serena and Bryan Mattson, Florida Crystals Corporation, and Rendina Healthcare Real Estate.

For more information on this event, please contact Melissa Mulvihill Jewell, Campaign Director, at 561.616.8682 or

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.