PAN-MASS CHALLENGE HONORED AS GOLD STEVIE® AWARD WINNER IN 2018 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS®

PMC Receives Top Marks Due to Unparalleled Fundraising Success  

NEEDHAM, Mass. – The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award as the Organization of the Year in the Non-Profit or Government category in the 16th Annual American Business Awards®. 

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Steviesfor the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11.  

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year and Best New Product or Service of the Year, among others. The PMC took top honors as an Organization of the Year in the Non-Profit or Government category for small organizations with less than 50 full-time employees. 

Coming off a record-setting fundraising campaign that resulted in a $51 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the PMC was recognized for incredible efficiency, effectiveness and commitment to one day eradicating cancer. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners, and 

the judges touted the great work as “truly extraordinary in terms of the commitment and magnitude of funds raised so far,” and an “outstanding application and high level of achievement and fundraising.” 

“The nominations submitted for the 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding. The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. 

“It’s been 38 years and I’m still so amazed by and proud of how much our organization is able to accomplish and it is an honor to be recognized nationally by business leaders with this award,” said PMC founder and executive director Billy Starr. “It’s rewarding to be recognized for the hard work and dedication of the entire PMC community for its commitment to fight for a cure. On behalf of the PMC family, I’d like to extend my thanks to the Stevie Award judges, and big congratulations to every organization that received accolades in this year’s awards.” 

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.     

About The Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The 39th PMC will take place on August 4 and 5, 2018. 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 the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors of the 2018 American Business Awards include HCL America, John Hancock Financial Services and SoftPro. 

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