MFS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR THE PAN-MASS CHALLENGE PEDAL PARTNER PROGRAM

Celebrating 20 Years of Support, MFS Extends Provincetown Finish Sponsorship Through 2020, Adds Sock Sponsorship for 2018

BOSTON (May 16, 2018) – The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is pleased to announce that MFS Investment Management® (MFS®), now in its 20th year as a sponsor, has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the PMC's 2018 Pedal Partner Program. The PMC Pedal Partner Program is an inspiring way for PMC cyclists to connect with pediatric oncology patients of the Jimmy Fund Clinic — the very children who receive more advanced treatments and state-of-the-art care as a result of the funds raised by the PMC.

"We are proud to be a 20-year sponsor of the PMC and believe in its mission to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer," said Michael Roberge, CEO of MFS, who will be riding in his 18th PMC this year. "We are inspired by the courage, grace and determination of the children and their families who we meet each year. We are honored to ride for them — and to be the presenting sponsor of this year's Pedal Partner Program."

To help mark its 20th anniversary, MFS has also reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the PMC by sponsoring both of the Provincetown finish lines through 2020 and has signed on to be the 2018 sock sponsor, providing all riders with a pair of socks to match the official 2018 PMC rider jersey.

"As a nonprofit that has dedicated nearly four decades to one day eradicating cancer, we always look to align ourselves with companies that share a similar mentality when it comes to investing in a community and a cause. Founded as America's first mutual fund, MFS clearly knows a thing or two about long-term commitments," said Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director. "On behalf of the PMC family, I thank MFS for its longstanding support through sponsorship, ridership and volunteerism and look forward to working with MFS for years to come."

MFS will field a team of more than 80 riders, plus volunteers, for the August 4–5 ride. Since its sponsorship began in 1999, more than 1,200 riders from MFS have helped to raise approximately $11 million for the PMC.

The PMC is the nation’s most successful athletic fundraising event, raising and contributing more money to charity than any other. On August 4 and 5, 2018, more than 6,200 cyclists and 4,000 volunteers will participate in the two-day bike-a-thon with the goal of raising $52 million to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to the cause. If accomplished, this fundraising goal will bring the organization’s 39-year contribution to more than $650 million. The PMC is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 53 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.

To learn more about the PMC or to make a financial contribution, visit www.pmc.org, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PanMass2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Follow MFS and its team of riders and volunteers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

About The Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike-a-thon that has raised more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist, and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $598 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. The PMC generates more than 53 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, log onto www.pmc.org

About MFS Investment Management

Established in 1924, MFS is an active, global equity and fixed income investment manager with investment offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. We employ a uniquely collaborative approach to build better insights for our clients. Our investment approach has three core elements: integrated research, global collaboration and active risk management. As of April 30, 2018, MFS manages $478.8 billion in assets on behalf of individual and institutional investors worldwide. Please visit mfs.com for more information. 

Contact: Dan Flaherty, 617.954.4256

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