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Waitsfield residents Gary Duncan and Michael Ware and Warren resident Jen Bennett raised $26,228 of the $35 million donated by the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
They were among 5,169 cyclists who rode up to 190 miles across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research and treatment. The 2011 fund-raising total is $2 million, or 5.7 percent, more than the PMC gave in 2010 and brings its 32-year Jimmy Fund contribution to $338 million.
The PMC raises and contributes more money to charity than any other. In August, cyclists from 8 countries and 37 states rode one of 11 routes that ranged from 25 to 190 miles.
The contribution represents 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar, a charity pass-through rate that is nearly unparalleled within the athletic fund-raising event industry. Approximately 3,100 volunteers and 200 companies supplying almost $5 million in products and services provided riders with food, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transport and support of all kinds.
The 2011 PMC exceeded its own fund-raising goal of $34 million by $1 million.
Founded in 1980 when 36 cyclists rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for the Jimmy Fund, the PMC is known today as the “gold standard” of athletic fund-raising events due to the unprecedented sums it raises and its consistently efficient charity pass-through rate.
The 33rd annual PMC is set for August 4 and 5, 2012. Registration opens online on January 10 for PMC alumni and January 17 for newcomers. For more information about the PMC, presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, visit www.pmc.org.