Wes Gullett is the chief executive officer of OH Strategic Communications, a Phoenix-based company with a focus on strategic planning, communications, public affairs and campaign management. Gullet is also an active volunteer with the Arizona Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and currently serves as co-chair of the LLS Man and Woman of the Year campaign, which culminates with a gala event at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa on June 1. There are 21 Valley community leaders vying for the titles of Man and Woman of the Year with a collective fundraising goal of $2 million. Recently, Gullett shared his thoughts with PHOENIX magazine about what motivates his volunteer work.
Q: How did you first get involved with LLS?
A: I was a candidate for Man and Woman of the Year in 2015. I was nominated because of my interest in doing what I could to fight lymphoma. My mother had lymphoma for nine years and finally lost her battle in 2010. She was 74 when she passed and that was way too young. I dedicated my campaign to my mom and it was called the Barb Project! We raised close to $100,000 and I won the Man of the Year title that year.
Q: What kind of volunteer work do you do with the organization?
A: I have served for the past two years as the co-chair for Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. We have raised more than $2 million for the fight against blood cancer. I have also served as vice chair of the Arizona Chapter’s Board of Trustees and have just taken over as chair of the Board of Trustees.
Q: Tell me about your most memorable volunteer moment.
A: It was really fun winning Man of the Year, but my most satisfying moment was raising $1.3 million last year as co-chair of the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. Announcing the total at the gala was an enormous honor that I will never forget.
Q: Why is volunteering important to you?
A: We are all blessed with such a great life here in Arizona. I think that all of us should give back to the community in whatever manner we can. I am lucky to be able to raise money to fight blood cancer. Every dollar we raise helps those fighting cancer and gives hope to the families who have the misfortune of being struck by this devastating disease.
Q: What has surprised you most about volunteering with LLS?
A: The work we do every day is immensely rewarding. We are able to attract great people to help us raise money for the fight against blood cancer and we are so thankful for their tireless assistance.
Q: What would you like others to know about LLS?
A: The work we do and the research we fund has a long-lasting impact on a wide variety of cancers and other diseases. The therapies LLS helps develop to fight blood cancer are now being used to cure other cancers and even treat arthritis and other non-cancer diseases. Please help us by donating to LLS today!
For more information, visit lls.org/arizona.