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Ceylon Leitzel Leadership Award
Lebanon, PA
05/15/2019 11:20 AM

The 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 Award

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 diseases

    • 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.

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