Pan-Mass Challenge Recognized by the New England Revolution

Pan-Mass Challenge Recognized by the New England Revolution

Team hosts second annual PMC Night with the Revolution

Sunday, Sept. 7

NEEDHAM, Mass. – On Sunday, Sept. 7, to celebrate the 35th Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), New England’s favorite soccer team will host the second annual PMC Night with the Revolution.

PMC cyclists will be honored at Gillette Stadium for their participation in the bike-a-thon, riding and raising money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. On Aug. 2 and 3, more than 5,700 cyclists rode up to 190 miles in the two-day fundraising event with the collective goal of raising $40 million. The PMC annually contributes 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund. Since its 1980 inception, the PMC has raised $414 million.

“This is a great opportunity for Revs fans and PMCers alike to expand PMC awareness,” said PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr. “PMC Night with the Revolution will bring the PMC closer to reaching its $40 million goal.”

“The Pan-Mass Challenge is a fantastic event that brings together people in our region for a great cause,” said New England Revolution President Brian Bilello. “We’re pleased to recognize these riders and fundraisers who have made the commitment to drive awareness for cancer research.”

To purchase a ticket for the Sept. 7 New England Revolution game against Chicago Fire, which starts at 7:00 p.m., visit Ticket Master and use the promotional code: REVOLUTION14. Ticket prices are $22 or $29 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the PMC. Tickets include a seat in the PMC section and free parking in the PMC tailgate zone. PMCers and Revolution fans alike will be entered to win prizes, including soccer gear signed by Revolution players, and will enjoy a special visit by the RevGirls and Slyde the Fox, the Revolution’s mascot. New this year, one lucky PMCer will serve as the team’s honorary captain and PMC public service announcements will air on the jumbotrons throughout the game.

About the Pan-Mass Challenge

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike-a-thon that today raises 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 $414 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. In 2013, the PMC generated more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and was Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The 2014 goal is to raise $40 million. 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 New England Revolution

The New England Revolution, one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs, is owned and operated by the Kraft Family, which also owns the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and Gillette Stadium, the teams’ home. Founded in 1995, the Revolution has played in MLS’ Eastern Conference since 1996 when the league launched. The Revolution has advanced to the league’s championship match, MLS Cup, four times – including three straight from 2005 to 2007 – while advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship game six times. The Revolution also won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles. For more information, visit revolutionsoccer.net, or interact with the Revolution on its various social media platforms: Twitter (@NERevolution), Facebook (NERevolution), Google+ (+NERevolution), Instagram (NERevolution), Vine (NERevolution), Pinterest (NERevolution) or YouTube (NERevolutionSoccer).   

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