John Hancock’s 2012 Boston Marathon
Non-Profit Program Raises a Record $6.8 Million
BOSTON, MA, August 22, 2012
ÛÓ John Hancock’s 2012 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program raised a
record $6.8 million as part of the 116th running of the historic
race in April of this year. The record total for 2012 represents
a 29 percent increase over 2011’s fundraising results.
As part of John Hancock’s sponsorship
of the Marathon, each year the company provides non-profits with guaranteed
entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations.
More than 1,000 runners helped raise funds and awareness for 122
organizations this year.
As part of that total, 114 employee
runners from John Hancock and parent company Manulife Financial raised
nearly $200,000 in 2012, a 14 percent increase over 2011. Funds raised
by employees benefited Artists for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club
of Boston, the Center for Teen Empowerment, Ron Burton Training Village
and Habitat for Humanity Canada. In addition, John Hancock led a
focused effort among its business partners to raise nearly $150,000 for
the Myra H. Kraft Giving Back Scholarship Fund at the Boys & Girls
Club of Boston.
“Our employees are a source of
pride each year as they dedicate their running to benefit our community
partners,” said James R. Boyle, President of John Hancock. “We are especially
proud our Boston Marathon principal sponsorship made it possible for so
many individuals to raise money and awareness to support great causes throughout
Among the organizations benefitting
from the 2012 program were MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston
Children’s Hospital, Tufts University, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts
Eye & Ear Infirmary, the Hoyt Foundation, Horizons for Homeless Children,
and Perkins School for the Blind.
“Each year countless individuals
in Boston and beyond are touched in many ways, large and small, by John
Hancock’s Boston Marathon Non-Profit program. At Mass General, this important
funding has supported programs that enhance the quality of care for our
youngest cancer patients and fuel innovative research focused on finding
better cancer treatments and cures. We are grateful for John Hancock’s
generosity and the hope it offers to the children and families we serve,”
said Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital.
This year, for the first time, John
Hancock utilized a centralized online fundraising platform for its program
through a partnership with CrowdRiseã¢, an innovative online fundraising
web site for individuals, charities and events.
2012 marks the 27th year of John
Hancock’s landmark sponsorship of the legendary Boston Marathon and also
the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Company. John Hancock is committed
to its long-standing partnership with the Boston Athletic Association to
support one of the world’s premier sporting events. Over the past
27 years, the official B.A.A. Charity program and John Hancock’s own Non-Profit
Program have combined to raise more than $150 million for community based
As a result of John Hancock’s primary
sponsorship, the Marathon has also brought years of economic benefits to
the greater Boston region. In 2012, the Marathon brought an estimated $137.5
million in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, according to the
Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau.
About John Hancock Financial
and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit
of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canada-based financial services
group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of serving clients across the
United States, while Manulife celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily
as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers
clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management
services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution
partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries
were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012. Manulife Financial
Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on
the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.
The John Hancock unit, through
its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in
the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products
and services, including life
care insurance, college
savings, and other forms
of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be
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