CANTON, Mass., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, continues to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund in its global fight against cancer for the 21st year. New England Dunkin' Donuts franchisees have supported the cause since 1992, raising more than $11.4 million, and will participate in an array of fundraising events and campaigns during the summer months.
From July 27 through August 4, participating Dunkin' Donuts in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire will host an in-store campaign where guests can contribute $1.00 to support both the Jimmy Fund and The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. Guests who give $1.00 will receive a paper cup icon to sign and place on the walls of participating local Dunkin' Donuts restaurant.
On August 3 and August 4, Dunkin' Donuts will support the 34th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund for the seventh consecutive year. Since 2006, Dunkin' Donuts has contributed $160,000 to the PMC, and fueled thousands of cyclists, volunteers and enthusiasts by serving over 45,000 cups of hot coffee and thousands of bagels and muffins. PMC participants come together each year to raise money for adult and pediatric cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber.
In addition, the 16th annual Dunkin' Donuts George Mandell Memorial Golf Tournament and auction will be held on August 12 at the International Golf Club in Bolton, Mass. This event was created by franchisee members of the Dunkin' Donuts New England Distribution Center (NEDCP) in honor of George Mandell, a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee who lost his battle to cancer. New England Dunkin' Donuts franchisees participating in the tournament have raised more than $8.9 million for the Jimmy Fund over the years. Last year alone, they were able to raise approximately $615,000. Each year the tournament continues to pay tribute to members of the Dunkin' Donuts community impacted by cancer. For more information, visit http://ddgeorgemandellgolf.com.
"Dunkin' Donuts' twenty-one years of dedication to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has helped support cancer research and care programs," said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund. "We are very appreciative for generous donors like Dunkin' Donuts franchisees and their guests, and their continued efforts to support our cause."
"Through our contributions to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we have gained a shared passion for bringing hope to thousands of people facing cancer in our communities," said Patty Healy, Northeast Field Marketing Director for Dunkin' Donuts. "We are proud to be a part of such an incredible initiative and to support the Jimmy Fund in any way we can, whether it be through providing PMC participants with coffee before their ride or by offering our guests the opportunity to get involved through paper icon programs in our restaurants."
About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About The Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/TheJimmyFund.
About The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees. The focus of the Foundation is to serve our neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs – safety, hunger relief and children's health.
About The Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry and today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. This year's goal is to raise $38 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC, an annual bike-a-thon that spans up to 190 miles, is a model of fundraising efficiency, donating 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the cause. Since the PMC's 1980 inception, the event has raised $375 million. The 34th annual PMC is Aug. 3 and 4. For more information about the PMC, or to register to ride, visit pmc.org.
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