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$38.4 Million Raised by Charities at Boston Marathon

BOSTON
MARATHON RAISES HISTORIC AMOUNTS FOR LOCAL NON-PROFITS: $38.4 Million Raised

 

BOSTON,
July 1, 2014 – Participants running on behalf of non-profit
organizations raised $38.4 million for charity this year in the 118th
running of the Boston Marathon.  The 2014 figure is a record amount and
nearly doubles the $20 million raised in 2013. 

 

In
this year‰Ûªs race on April 21st, with an expanded field size of 36,000
registered runners, more than 300 organizations received donations in
support of their
missions.  The majority of the fundraising runners gained entry through
the Boston Athletic Association‰Ûªs Official Charity Program and John
Hancock‰Ûªs Marathon Non-Profit Program, which provide non-profits with
guaranteed entry numbers (‰ÛÏbibs‰Û) that enable
funds to be raised for their organizations. 

 

In
addition, many qualified runners, along with deferred runners who did
not finish the 2013
Marathon, contributed by raising money for charity.  The B.A.A. also
made special allocations to the One Fund Boston, the Martin W. Richard
Charitable Foundation, local hospitals, and many other organizations and
individuals
who were touched by the bombing at last year‰Ûªs race.  

 

Included
among the charitable organizations benefiting from the B.A.A.‰Ûªs
Official Charity Program in 2014 is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,
which marked its
25th year of fundraising with the B.A.A. for the Boston Marathon.

 

‰ÛÏThis
year‰Ûªs Boston Marathon was like no other that we have witnessed,‰Û said
Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.  ‰ÛÏWe worked in cooperation with
the community,
especially the eight cities and towns which comprise the Boston
Marathon route and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to accommodate as
many participants as possible, and we were delighted that so many chose
to channel their dedication and commitment towards
fundraising for worthwhile causes.  The 2014 Boston Marathon will go
down in history as a special day for the sport, for the City of
Boston and for unprecedented fundraising, all benefitting local
charities.‰Û

 

‰ÛÏThe
world bore witness to the resilience of the
Boston community and the true spirit of the
Marathon this year,‰Û said Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock. 
‰ÛÏThe Boston Marathon will forever be defined by compassion, courage,
competition, and extraordinary generosity.  We are proud of our
partnership with the B.A.A. and join them in
congratulating our charitable partners for raising an unprecedented
amount of funds to support their important missions.‰Û 

 

In
the 2014 race, funds raised by John Hancock-sponsored runners amounted
to slightly over $10 million, a 27 percent increase over the $7.9
million total raised
in 2013.  Some of the 125 non-profit organizations participating in the
John Hancock program were: 
Massachusetts General
Hospital for Children, Boston
Medical Center, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Hoyt Foundation Inc.,
Horizons for Homeless Children, and Bottom Line.

 

In
addition, Team John Hancock, consisting of 118 employees, ran while
raising funds for the
Ron
Burton Training
Village and the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and 37 employees of
parent company Manulife ran on behalf of Canadian charity Pathways to
Education.  Employees raised nearly $370,000, a 28 percent increase over
2013 results.

 

2014
marked the 29th year of John Hancock‰Ûªs landmark sponsorship of the
legendary Boston Marathon.  Over the past 29 years, the official B.A.A.
Charity Program
and John Hancock‰Ûªs own Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more
than $208 million for community-based organizations. 

 

For
the third consecutive year, John Hancock utilized a centralized online
platform to capture fundraising through a partnership with CrowdRise䋢
(www.crowdrise.com/2014bostonmarathon),
an innovative online fundraising web site.  

 

 

About the
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

Established
in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization
with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports,
especially
running. The B.A.A.‰Ûªs Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual
marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports
comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since
1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon
has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the
World Marathon Majors, along with the international marathons in
Tokyo, London,
Berlin, Chicago, and
New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A.
events in 2014. The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April
20, 2015. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit

www.baa.org
.

 

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. Funds under management by Manulife
and its subsidiaries were C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at March 31,
2014. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE
and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife
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 and administers a broad range of
financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments,
401(k) plans, long-term care insurance,
college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional
information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

 

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