Bedford Maintains Strong Links to the PanMass Challenge

By Julie McCay Turner

Long-standing and far-reaching connections tie Bedford residents into the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), an arduous two-day bicycle ride where 100  percent of rider-raised funds benefit cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  This year’s PMC is particularly special since the fundraising goal amongst the approximate 6,000 riders is $45 million dollars (last year $41 million dollars was raised), resulting in a 36-year cumulative total of  $500M, or half a billion dollars, raised! One of Bedford’s PMC stalwarts, Ralph Hammond rode his first PMC in 2004 and shortly thereafter was honored as a Living Proof rider, a cancer survivor riding to make a difference in the lives of others… This week he saluted Holly Grey, a 2015 Living Proof rider who will return from her home in San Jose, California to complete her sixth PMC ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown on August 1 and 2. Hammond recalled Grey as a student when he taught computer science at the Middle School, and noted that he keeps up with Holly through her parents, Peter and Kathy Grey. “I can still picture her as a young girl,” Hammond said, “and I’m so proud of all she has accomplished.”

The Bedford PMC Kids Ride Contributes to a Great Cause


Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

The 11th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride was a huge success this Saturday !  Over 440 Riders participated to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.  After completing their bike rides, kids and their families enjoyed food, games and activities, with the help of over 240 Volunteers.  The Ride would not be possible without the tremendous support of our Sponsors, Bedford Police, Fire, CERTS, DPW and all of the many Volunteers that were essential to make this event successful and safe. Courtesy images – click each to larger versions of the gallery images

There is still time to send in contributions.  Donations may be made to a specific rider at or donations may be made to the general event at or donations, payable to PMC, may be mailed directly to Justine Darmanian, c/o PMC Bedford Kids Ride, 77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA  02494.     Thank you for your support !  



PMC Bedford Kids: Just About Everything You Need to Know for Saturday’s Ride

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The long-awaited 2015 PMC Bedford Kids Ride is just a few days away. Riders will gather to hear inspiring talks and then depart from the JGMS parking lot, beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 13. What do you need to know to make the day a terrific success for your family? Registration and Fundraising
If you’re not already signed up, remember that on-line registration closes on Thursday, June 11th at 12pm, and registration fees will increase from $10 to $20. The fundraising minimum is $25, with a suggested donation of $50.

PMC Kids Ride Golden Ticket Flavors Debut at Bedford Farms on Saturday, May 30

By Julie McCay Turner

A delicious fundraising tradition began several years ago when two popular Bedford institutions — the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) Bedford Kids Ride and Bedford Farms – joined forces. One of the most popular items on the Kids Ride fundraiser each year, The Golden Ticket, generates competitive bidding and yummy treats for the community of ice cream aficionados. Each year’s Golden Ticket winners get to create a flavor that is sold at Bedford Farms in advance of the Bedford Kids Ride, and each cone, pint and quart that the community purchases during the promotion benefits cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This year’s Golden Ticket flavors are Grand Caramel Swirl, designed by the Puglielli family, and Nutella Swirl that the Resnick and Karson families created in memory of Linda Resnick. “My kids wanted to come up with something they like and a flavor that will appeal to many people but is unique to Bedford Farms,” said Jen Puglielli.

Katie Will Honor Her Grandparents and Family Friend in the Bedford PMC Kid’s Ride

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kid’s Ride

On June 13th, Katie will be riding her bike in Bedford’s PMC Kids Ride for the first time. This event benefits such a great cause, The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Katie and some of her friends will be riding the half mile course together. Her mom shared some of the reasons that Katie’s riding:

“Cancer has affected our family and friends of our family. Katie never had a chance to meet her maternal grandmother or paternal grandfather because their lives were lost to cancer before she was born. 

“Also, in December 2013, Maddie, the 2 year old daughter of our old college friend, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma.   As friends, there was so little I could do to help.

Excitement Builds in Advance of the 11th annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride on June 13

Grab a Bike and Join the Party!  Help Find A Cure!  Help us reach $1,000,000 raised! The 11th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 9am to  1pm at the John Glenn Middle School. It’s easy to register a rider with bike routes for all ages. Post-ride festivities include a picnic with great food, music, lawn games with a huge slip n’ slidem and a raffle with wonderful prizes.

Amazing Auction Items at the 9th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Cocktail Party

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Guests at Saturday night’s Ninth Annual PMC Bedford Kids’ Cocktail Party, a fundraiser to support Bedford’s 11th ride on June 13 – an event that involves hundreds of Bedford families – will have the fun of the actual party, and many will come home with terrific live and silent auction prizes. The evening’s live auction items include

In-Home Catering and Wine Provided for 8-10 People: Mimi’s Catering will provide an evening of delicious appetizers and desserts for 8-10 people in your home and includes a selection of wine for the night; donated by the Bemis Family and Mimi’s Catering
Bedford Farms “Golden Ticket” Exclusive to the PMC Bedford Kids Ride: Work alongside owners, Dave & Joe Venuti, to create and name the ice cream concoction you’ve been dreaming of!  From June 1st – June 15th, your flavor will be served through the windows at Bedford Farms for all to enjoy.  Never know…they might even allow you behind the window to scoop!  All proceeds that are sold during that time will be donated back to the PMC Bedford Kids Ride.

PMC Cocktail Party & Auction Scheduled for Saturday, March 28 – Tickets Available Now

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Don’t miss the 11th annual PMC Bedford Cocktail Party & Auction on Saturday, March 28, at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. The Sponsors of Hope Reception will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and the General Reception begins at 7:30, and ends at 11:30 pm. The PMC Bedford Kids Ride Committee – Susan DiGangi, Lisa Harrell, Nancy Protasowicki, Kelly Randazzo, Susan Sepe, Jenny Stewart, Beth Venuti, and Angela Winter – thanks you for your continued support and says, “We can’t wait to see you Saturday, March 28th!”

Visit the Bedford PMC Kids website to purchase tickets, or to become a Championship Sponsor –

The General Reception

The General Reception (7:30-11:30) promises to be a fabulous night with passed appetizers, dessert, cash bar, outstanding silent and live auctions and our popular Kick Cancer’s Butt Program! Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased using the link below. General Reception tickets are available through Friday, March 27th.

A Week & A Day: Pan Mass Challenge Begins on Saturday, August 2

By Julie McCay Turner

Five of Bedford’s 17 registered Pan Mass Challenge riders gathered for last week’s final pre-event practice ride. These cyclists, however, represent a cumulative 44 years of PMC participation, and have raised in excess of $275,000 to benefit cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Four of them will take part in PMC’s two-day ride: They’ll leave from either Wellesley or Sturbridge and arrive in Bourne on Saturday, before cycling to Provincetown on Sunday. When asked why they do the two-day ride, several mentioned the reward of sailing back from Provincetown on the “party ferry” as it’s called by cognoscenti. The trip is devoted entirely to PMC participants (plus their gear) and is often welcomed into Boston Harbor by fireboats, horns and hoopla.

17 Bedford Residents Ride in 35th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge on August 2 and 3

Submitted by the Pan Mass Challenge

Submitted by the Pan Mass Challenge

On Aug. 2 and 3, 17 residents from Bedford will participate in the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the largest single athletic fundraising event in the country. If you would like to learn more about why they ride, cheer them on, or help to sponsor their ride click the following links to learn the names of the Bedford riders, their individual e-gift IDs, and a link to their personal PMC page:

Marc Canner – MC0348 –
Al Filosa – AF0111 –
Kristen Green – KG0172 –
Rodney Green – RG0158 –
Scott Griffith – SG0151 –
Jean Hammond – JH0241 –
Dan Hurwitz – DH0128 –
Dexter Lawson – DL0226 –
Chris Marino – CM0156 –
Jack Markuse – JM0739 –
John Martin – JM0600 –
Amy Mason – AM0085 –
Bruce Murphy – RM0122 –
Anita Paton – AP0117 –
Martin Rogers – MR0111 –
Luke Sabella – LS0012 –
Michelle Sanders – MS0463 –

Editor’s Note: There’s still time to participate. Registration for the 2014 PMC Challenge closes on July 15. Bedford’s riders will be among 5,800 cyclists who will ride with the collective goal of raising $40 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.