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DeAnn Hazey, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Florida

Having a hobby that that supports you is a blessing. Having a hobby that supports you and others at the same time is a gift. DeAnn Hazey, Executive Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Florida, falls in the latter category.

Hazey’s career evolved quite by accident. Drawn to causes in her youth, she began by volunteering in her spare time with the U.S. Army, the March of Dimes and raising funds for the arts. As volunteer positions evolved into jobs, her trajectory continued in a philanthropic path. She arrived in South Florida in 2012 as the Chief Development Officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. In October 2015, Hazey joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In that time she has established herself as a prominent force in Fort Lauderdale non-profits.

By creating long-term relationships with her donors and staying engaged with their desires, unions are formed which support not just the cause but the community. Leading a team of 15 tasked with six campaigns that host multiple events, she is constantly engaged and present to the person or project at hand. Having raised $18 million in just over three years, her relationships with people makes her a leader in her field. What a hobby, indeed.

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