B.A.A. Boston Marathon®
Due to an increasingly more competitive process, MMP was able to receive one Boston Marathon bib number in 2015 through the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program. But we made the most of it! We turned to Sheree Dunwell, an incredible MMP supporter who had run the Marathon four times previously for Team MMP. Sheree single handedly raised more than $15,000 to help our work across the state. Sheree joined with the Marathon Coalition and Coach Rick Muhr who once again provided support and training to our runners.
Champions of Mentoring
We celebrated the 11th annual Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park. This is our key annual fundraising event, presented by State Street and emceed by NESN's Tom Caron. More than 300 guests helped us recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations for their commitment to empowering youth-adult relationships. Governor Baker joined the event and shared his personal mentoring story and the impact that relationship continues to have on his life. Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters, we raised more than $225.000 to support our work. We presented the Champions of Mentoring Awards to the David Shapiro, Mayor Marty Walsh’s Mentoring Movement and the Hyams Foundation. We also presented the KELLY (Keep Encouraging Lifelong Learning for Youth) Award to Tynnetta Jerry from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.
Rodman Ride for Kids
For the 12th consecutive year, MMP participated in the Rodman Ride for Kids, a non-competitive bike ride through southeastern Massachusetts. Rodman for Kids is an umbrella matching-gift charity that raises funds for youth-focused social service agencies supporting at-risk children in Massachusetts. MMP raised over $140,000 through the Ride, with support from Teams Ernst and Young and ALKU. Our total raised was generously supported by a 6 percent match from the Ride.
Cheers to Mentoring
We celebrated our 4th annual Cheers to Mentoring cocktail event in October at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston, sponsored by our friends at the Hopkinton CC Charitable Foundation. With a host committee of our friends and partners steering the event, we welcomed over 150 corporate and community partners to mingle, celebrate and support MMP’s work in the mentoring field. We also awarded our 1st annual ALKU Scholarship at the event to Ronique Williams, courtesy of ALKU CEO and MMP board member Mark Eldridge. The ALKU Scholarship is awarded to a Massachusetts high school student in financial need planning on enrolling in a four-year college, with a demonstrated passion to improve their community and the world. The event raised nearly $10,000 to support our work with a generous 6 percent donation match through the Rodman Ride for Kids.