John Hancock’s Louise Iarocci Santosuosso Receives Manulife Financial Global Award for Community Service

Santosuosso’s efforts on behalf of Pan-Mass Challenge and Dana Farber Cited 

BOSTON, MA – (May 29, 2015) – John Hancock’s Louise I. Santosuosso has received the top award for Community Service from Manulife Financial Corporation, John Hancock’s parent company, a global financial services firm with more than 20,000 employees worldwide. 

“We are very pleased that Louise has been recognized as a leader in community service,” said Tom Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel, Corporate Responsibility and Government Relations, John Hancock. “There is no denying that her efforts in support of this cause and organization have been tremendous and she truly deserves this honor.” 

Santosuosso, an assistant vice president in Sponsorship and Event Marketing, was honored for her dedication and tireless work on behalf of the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Since 2004, she has raised nearly $300,000 through the cycling event, earning her a place among the top fundraisers in an event that raises more money for charity than any other athletic event in the country.  Through her efforts, Santosuosso has inspired others in the company to ride or volunteer and she now spearheads John Hancock’s corporate sponsorship of the Pan-Mass Challenge. 

For this year’s Pan Mass Challenge, which will take place on August 1 and 2, she has increased her fundraising goal to $50,000 to mark her 50th birthday and includes her story on her personal fundraising page www.pmc.org/LS0135

“Louise’s contributions to the Pan-Mass Challenge are invaluable,” says Billy Starr, Pan-Mass Challenge founder and executive director. “She is an inspiration to her fellow riders and her community at John Hancock. We thank Louise for taking the PMC mission to heart and helping us to fund life-saving breakthroughs in cancer research.”  

Santosuosso, a North Reading, MA, resident and Topsfield, MA native, became involved with the Pan Mass Challenge and the Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute came from a personal experience when her father was stricken with and later passed away from cancer.  

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners.  Assets under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were C$821 billion (US$648 billion) as at March 31, 2015. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSA, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at Manulife.com.

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