Mayor Warren to Host Pan-Mass Challenge Newton Riders Reception


June 2, 2015 

Newton – On Wednesday, June 3rd, Mayor Setti Warren will host the 4th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Newton Riders Reception.  Mayor Warren will join Billy Starr, the founder and executive director of the PMC, to raise awareness for the Pan-Mass Challenge and thank Newton riders.  

Newton residents have been some of the leading fundraisers for the PMC with 182 riders in 2014, raising more than $1.4 million. Mayor Warren is one of 172 Newton residents already signed up to ride in this year’s event.  Mayor Warren will be riding with Team Zakim, a team formed in honor of Lenny Zakim to benefit the Leonard B. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Institute.  The Zakim Center offers cancer patients a range of therapies to alleviate symptoms as they undergo treatment.   

Anyone with an interest in learning more about the PMC is welcome to attend.  Please RSVP by emailing Meaghan Maher at  

What: Pan-Mass Challenge Newton Riders Reception 

Where: Terry O’Reilly’s, 45 Union Street, Newton 

When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 7:00 p.m.

About the Pan-Mass Challenge 

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today 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 $455 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 50 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


Meaghan Maher

City of Newton