The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest nonprofit health agency dedicated to fighting against blood cancers. It funds lifesaving research all over the world, providing educational and support services. The Society’s mission is to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. LLS has been dedicated to curing these dreadful illnesses since 1949.
Mr. Rangos has been a member of the LLS board of directors in Pittsburgh for many years. He was moved on a very personal level to support LLS: His maternal grandfather Costas Svokos, a sea captain from the island of Chios, died from leukemia.
Jeanne Caliguiri, director of development for LLS in Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia and wife of the late Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri (1977-88), pointed out that Mr. Rangos is a longtime benefactor who has given most generously to LLS over the years, and continues to do so.
Back in the early 1990’s, Mr. Rangos initiated “Cruise for Kids,” a dinner cruise down the Allegheny River. The event typically accommodated 400-500 people, raising upwards of $200,000 annually for LLS and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP).
“Cruise for Kids” evolved into the “Art of Giving,” yet another one of Mr. Rangos’ ideas to raise money for the same good cause. The “Art of Giving” was an annual fundraiser, during which Mr. Rangos consented to auction off some valuable antique art from his personal collection. One year, he commissioned California artist Rita Asfour, who attended the event personally and signed her paintings for buyers. Another year, it was held at the newly expanded Pittsburgh International airport.
By the end of the decade, the “Art of Giving” was replaced by “Vegas on the Mon,” an annual black-tie event with a sumptuous buffet held at LeMont, a five-star diamond award-winning restaurant overlooking the Monongahela River, which joins the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. “Vegas on the Mon,” for which the Rangos Family Foundation is a major sponsor, is a casino night with live entertainment, and now raises as much as $350,000 for LLS and CHP each fall.