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June 25, 2022
Pan-Mass Challenge Picks Mike Dee to Chair Board
Mike Dee
Mike Dee

May 19, 2022 — The Pan-Mass Challenge, a Needham nonprofit that organizes the largest athletic fundraiser in the country, on Tuesday announced that 19-year PMC rider and longtime board member, Mike Dee, president of sports at Audacy, Inc., has been elected chairman of the organization’s board of directors.

Dee is replacing Robert Smith, whose term as chairman was completed in April. Smith will remain on the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) board of directors after helping guide the organization to new fundraising heights amidst the COVID-19 pandemic throughout his tenure as board chairman.

As the PMC’s new chairman of the board, Dee said he is looking forward to finding ways to grow the next generation of PMC participants and increase the organization’s fundraising potential, noting, “The last few years have been full of uncertainty, but the PMC has persevered and remained committed to its mission to provide life-saving funding for cancer research and treatment, raising an astounding $114 million through the pandemic.

"I am constantly inspired by the unwavering dedication and camaraderie felt throughout the PMC community and, as we look to the future, it’s imperative we foster and empower our next generation of PMC riders, volunteers, fundraisers and donors to ensure its continued success. I am excited to help lead that charge in support of and collaboration with [Executive Director] Billy Starr, Jarrett Collins, and our extraordinary PMC staff.”

Starr said, "As the PMC and its community continues to grow and we head towards a $1 billion cumulative fundraising milestone in the next few years, I am eager to see the fresh thinking and impact Mike Dee will generate as our new chairman to help us achieve that goal.”

In addition to electing Dee as chairman, the PMC added two new members to its advisory board – Mark Burak, Attorney, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and Brenda Williams, director of operations at MAPFRE, a PMC sponsor and rider. The PMC advisory board is a non-voting group that serves in an advisory capacity to the PMC board of directors to help spearhead continued growth and innovation for the organization.

The PMC has been held annually since 1980 when the first ride raised $10,200. To date, it has raised $831 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund, generating 55% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. Last summer, PMC raised $64 million, the most ever.

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