United Rentals Supports Pan-Mass Challenge in Fight Against Cancer
Greenwich, CT - Aug 11, 2004
United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in North America, recently supported the 25th annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) with an in-kind donation of rental equipment and manpower valued at more than $15,000. Since the PMC began 25 years ago, the one- and two-day bike races that make up the event have raised millions dollars for cancer research and treatment through the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. On August 7 and 8, riders put the pedal to the metal to help battle cancer and 2,264 volunteers supported their efforts, including United Rentals and its employees.
Seven different United Rentals branch locations throughout Massachusetts supplied a range of equipment including five pneumatic forklifts, four 4,000-watt light towers, seven John Deere Gators, 60 high-intensity barrels, 140 road cones and one generator to aid in set-up, execution and clean-up for the race, which includes a meal for the more than 4,000 riders after the event.
"We'd be lost without the equipment from United Rentals," said Glynn Hawley, director of provisioning for PMC. "The generator supplying all our power here at Mass Maritime Academy is incredible. The Gators are perfect for the constant pick-up and drop-off of trash to and from various locations. And the forklifts really make it easy to move the food from the trucks to the field [where everything is cooked and served]," Hawley said. David Rabinovitz, a 10-year veteran PMC volunteer, echoed the sentiment. "We're very appreciative. United Rentals' equipment is dependable and lets us focus on supporting the riders."
United Rentals' employees donated countless hours of their time to organize and deliver the equipment to the various race locations, including Sturbridge, Bourne and Provincetown, Massachusetts. United Rentals high reach district sales manager Joe Conley was key in organizing the movement of equipment from the United Rentals' branches to staging areas. "We have a lot of good people working at United Rentals who volunteer time and resources to help the PMC bring this fundraising event to a successful completion," Conley said. "This is a great cause and United Rentals is proud to play a major role in it."
United Rentals has donated equipment to the PMC for the past five years, and although this is Conley's first year organizing the company's involvement, it's not his first time participating; he also rides the 192-mile race. "I'm taking on the challenge for my sixth year and this year my wife will be riding with a group of her friends for the first time," he said. Conley said they have family members who have been treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and this is one way they can help to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Another United Rentals employee, Truck Driver Michael Sogard from the Canton Branch, has also been a PMC volunteer for the past five years. He drives the big rig that delivers the majority of the equipment to the event sites and operates forklifts and Gators on-site. He says he loves every minute of it. "I got caught up in it and work not because I have to, but because I want to."
Sogard's enthusiasm is so contagious that now his wife and their two children volunteer as well. The family began their volunteer duty at the finish line in Provincetown at 5:00 am Saturday morning and worked until 11:00 pm Sunday night. "It's a lot of work, but I've made a lot of friends and look forward to seeing them every year," Sogard said.
The following United Rentals locations donated equipment: high reach branches in Agawam and Canton; the traffic safety branch in Kingston; the pump and power branch in Kingston; general rental and heavy machinery branches in Watertown and Worcester; and the general rental/high reach branch in West Yarmouth.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in North America, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 47 states, seven Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,300 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.7 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.
About Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC)
The PMC, presented by the Boston Red Sox, is the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. It is also the most cost efficient. With nearly 94 cents of each dollar raised going directly to the Jimmy Fund, the PMC has contributed more than $102 million to lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since its 1980 inception. On August 7 and 8, 2004, more than 4,000 cyclists traveled six different routes, logging between 89 and 192 miles over one or two days, through 46 scenic Massachusetts towns from Sturbridge and Wellesley to Bourne and Provincetown. Their goal this year was to raise $17 million, elevating the PMC's total Jimmy Fund donation to nearly $120 million.
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