Xavier Magazine

Man of the Year

It’s official: Vince Hopkins is the man. At least for this year. Hopkins, a regional director for development for the University, was named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Southern Ohio Chapter Man of the Year for raising more than $12,500 during an eight-week period. Hopkins used a letter-writing campaign to bring in about $9,000 and added more than $3,500 in an auction. Hopkins gave the award to his sister-in-law, Marian Riestenberg, who has worked to find a cure for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since losing her husband, Dan, to the disease in 1998. “You want to make a difference in this world,” Hopkins says. “Everybody does what they can do. I’m not a doctor or somebody who does research, but one thing I can do is raise money. It’s what I do for a living. Part of this money goes to research, so in a way you’re playing a role in helping find a cure.” Along with the award, Hopkins gets increased visibility—he will be pictured on three billboards in the Cincinnati area, featured in an ad in a local newspaper and appear in USA Today.

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