first-ever Ceylon Leitzel Leadership Award was presented to Melissa Bishop.
Melissa, who is fighting lung cancer, accepted the award from Ceylon at the
American Lung Association Sapphire Gala. Both the award and the gala are named
after Ceylon as a tribute to his leadership, support and tradition of donating
sapphire jewelry to the annual gala.
Ceylon Leitzel Leadership
The Ceylon Leitzel Leadership Award is presented annually at
the Sapphire Gala to an individual who:
Participates actively to advance the American Lung Association’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and/or advocacy
Demonstrates continuous dedication and commitment, over and above their normal employment, to at least one of the American Lung Association’s five strategic imperatives:
To defeat lung cancer
To improve the air we breathe
To reduce the burden of lung disease on
individuals and their families
To eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related
To accelerate fundraising and enhance
organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission
Continually exhibits integrity, strength of
character and leadership within the South Central Pennsylvania community
The Sapphire Gala planning committee will select the honoree in January. A background check will be performed on the honoree before they are notified.