104-5 The Zone’s Jonathan Hutton Named 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year for Tennessee Chapter

Hutton and the Team at 104-5 The Zone, Nashville’s #1 Sports Talk Station, Raise $152,499.31, Topping 10-Week Competitive Fundraising Campaign to Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma and Help Tennesseans With Blood Cancer

NASHVILLE, TN, May 2, 2019  – CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Tennessee Titans Radio Host and On-Air Personality for 104-5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, Nashville’s #1 Sports Talk Station, has been named 2019 Man of the Year for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Hutton captured the title for his efforts to fight blood cancer by raising funds and awareness for the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a 10-week campaign that kicked off in February. Hutton, with the full support of his team at 104-5 The Zone, raised a total of $152,499.31 for the cause during the 10-week fund drive, which included an off-the-record event with Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, a HORSE-style basketball tournament, a Masters-themed golf competition at Top Golf, and a chalk talk draftee breakdown and dinner with NFL Films’ Greg Cosell.

This year, five men and five women vied for Man and Woman of the Year honors, raising more than $577,000 for the local non-profit. Fellow honoree, Abbie Hendry-Hammett was named 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year for the Tennessee Chapter. Hutton and Hendry-Hammett were announced as top fundraisers and honored as Man and Woman of the Year at a finale event held at Nashville’s City Winery on Saturday, April 27th. 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year program is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the 10-week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire U.S. will be recognized as the national Man and Woman of the Year.

“The 2019 Man & Woman of the Year candidates broke all the local fundraising records. For ten weeks, these committed individuals put their heart into raising as much as they could in the fight against blood cancer. Their collective efforts will impact patients and their families, locally and nationally, and help LLS get closer to our mission of beating cancer. As an organization we are grateful and proud of all they accomplished, and grateful to Cumulus Nashville and the reach they allowed LLS to have with their platform,” said Christina Ryan, Campaign Director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Man & Woman of the Year.

Allison Warren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Nashville, said: “I and our entire Cumulus Nashville family could not be more proud of Jonathan Hutton and the team that supported him. I am in awe of the sheer volume of events, programs and features he and his team created and executed flawlessly in a 10-week period raising an impressive amount of money. Many of our 104-5 The Zone listeners and clients supported Jonathan fiercely and to that I’d say we have the best listeners and clients.” 

Brad Willis, Program Director, WGFX-FM/Titans Radio, Cumulus Nashville, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jonathan’s efforts throughout this campaign. Our listeners supported his campaign, and turned out in great numbers for every event. We have phenomenal listeners, and greatly appreciate their contributing to a great organization like LLS.”

Hutton said: “This was a team effort and it started with the listeners of 104-5 The Zone and Midday 180. Every dollar donated mattered, and our listeners stepped up and then some. Thanks to everyone who joined TeamHutton1045 to help LLS of Tennessee. Those dollars represent hope, awareness, support, and a future cure. Beating cancer is in our blood.”

 

For more information on Hutton and 104-5 The Zone’s efforts to fight blood cancer and to donate, visit: http://www.1045thezone.com/2019/03/13/teamhutton1045-absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know/.

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