The 2023 Suffield Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride, presented by Koverage Insurance Group, will be held on May 13 at the McAlister School. Now in its 12th year, the Kids Ride has raised over $450,000 for The Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute through the Pan Mass Challenge.
“After our most successful year ever in 2022, we are thrilled to be back and look forward to gathering again with friends, volunteers, supporters and especially our riders and their families. We are very proud of what this day has become in Suffield and are extremely grateful for the support we have received. None of this would be possible without the hundreds of people that have taken the time to help in so many ways”, said Chris Nikolis, co-coordinator of the event. “This is a great town and we look forward to our best Kids Ride yet.”
Kids ages 2-17 are welcome to ride either of two safe, supervised courses. Younger children can ride the closed off Suffield Middle School parking lot circle and older kids can ride a five mile loop up Hill Street to Russell Avenue and back. The day includes a raffle/silent auction, with all guests invited to stay for lunch, live music and a fun celebration. Terrific sponsorship opportunities are also available.
In eleven years, the event has hosted over 1,500 kids and raised over $450,000 for The Jimmy Fund and its fight against cancer. One hundred percent of all proceeds and donations from the event go directly to The Jimmy Fund and for Dana Farber, a noted cancer center, both of which are among the highest rated charities in the country. In 43 years, PMC has raised $900 million for Dana Farber and The Jimmy Fund, including a record $69 million in 2022.
The Suffield PMC Kids Ride holds other events throughout the year, including an ongoing bottle/can drive that has raised thousands for the cause. A pasta dinner is planned at the Suffield VFW Hall for April 1. On September 16, Country Comes Back to Hilltop Farm, featuring Jordan Oaks and presented by Artioli Dodge.
To register to ride or volunteer and to donate, visit kids.PMC.org/Suffield. Supporters can also stay updated by following on Facebook at “Suffield PMC Kids Ride.” With any questions, or to become involved in any way, please contact Chris Nikolis at (860) 796-3644 or email@example.com.