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Northfield woman dedicates fundraising campaign to late father. Here’s how to pitch in.

Ten years after her father’s death, Amanda Alpert Knight found a special way to honor his memory. And she could use your help.

Knight, of Northfield, is one of eight fundraisers in Chicagoland up for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Visionary of the Year, a 10-week competition that raises money to support the fight against blood cancers. Knight’s father died in 2014 from lymphoma.

“The big focus is to raise money but it’s also to raise awareness and getting people to know what LLS does,” she said.

Knight’s campaign, called For the Love, began on Friday, April 5, and is open through June 5. Throughout that time, to complement Knight’s digital fundraising, she has organized a handful of events. During Shop for the Cure on Wednesday, April 10, Vault Creative of Highland Park and Something About Sofia of Glencoe will donate 10 percent of their sales to the cause; and on Thursday, April 11, Tamgi at Pelican Room in Highland Park will do the same.

Two weeks later, on April 25, Lefty’s Pizza with branches in Wilmette and Highland Park will donate 20 percent of proceeds to the campaign, and the campaign’s flagship event, For the Love Benefit Concert, featuring local band Panic at the CostCo, will take place on May 2 at the Original Mother’s in Chicago.

Knight said she was grateful for the support from local businesses and still may get another one or two on board.

“One of the things I really like is as I am talking with other business owners in the area, they all are saying, ‘Yes, we will support this,'” she said. “It’s great to have people jumping on board.”

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