In 2011, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge will team up with WCVB-TV Channel 5, Boston’s top rated news station as its media partner. Coverage will begin early in the summer on “NewsCenter 5” as well as on the station’s website, In addition, a special edition of “Chronicle” will air on Friday, August 5, the eve of this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge.

“Our partnership with WCVB will create the opportunity to bring our cause to more people, grow our ridership and our donor base and ultimately raise more money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund,” said PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr.

The Pan-Mass Challenge, which is set for August 6 & 7, 2011, is the most successful athletic fundraising event in the nation. It raises two to three times more money for charity than any other and it contributes 100 percent of every rider-dollar raised directly to the cause. Since 1980, the PMC has raised and contributed $303 million to Dana-Farber.

“We will be proud to bring the stories of those who ride and raise money for cancer research to the public and increase exposure for the event,” said WCVB President and General Manager Bill Fine. As part of its sponsorship, the station will air an hour-long PMC kickoff show on Aug. 5.

The new sponsorship replaces a longtime relationship between the PMC and NECN. “NECN was a tremendous help in increasing public awareness about the PMC and we are grateful for their 12 years of support,” Starr said.


For those of you attending our event Friday night (April 9) at Showcase Live, here is the 2010 Loud Music/Silent Auction brochure:

Join us for our 8th Annual Live Music Silent Auction at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxborough, featuring live music from THE Average White Band and Sugarfoot and the Brass Kicking Horns. Help Phil’s Phriends raise funds to fight cancer through the Pan Mass Challenge and the Jimmy Fund.

Tickets are only $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Limited tickets are available, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. To reserve tickets, click here.

We look forward to you joining us for a great event. The doors to Showcase Live will open at 6:00pm. At that time you will be able to order food and beverages, preview auction items and make initial bids. The Average White Band will take the stage at 8:00pm and play until 9:30pm. At that time, we will open the silent auction bidding for 1 hour. At 10:00pm Sugarfoot and the Brass Kicking Horns will take the stage and complete the evening.

All ticket sale proceeds bought from Phil’s Phriends will be donated to the PMC and Cancer Research. All tickets bought through the Showcase Live Box office will be for the Average White Band Show and will not be considered a donation. Auction item bidding will be open to the entire crowd at Show Case Live. Please help Phil’s Phriends support our young PMC pedal partner – Emily Taylor – by raising money for cancer research. We look forward to seeing you at the event and thank you for your support!

The Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Sugarfoot & The Brass Kickin’ Horns is a 7 piece band with male & female vocalists and one of the finest horns sections around. The band plays the absolute best funk and dance hits from all eras including Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Journey and many more.

To get tickets, click here.

In addition to the auction items, we have added a special raffle item. The lucky winner will be treated to a 3 night/ 4 day all-inclusive stay in a One Bedroom Suite at Velas Vallarta Suite Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20/chance.

Here is a current list of the auction items that will be available on April 9 (check back frequently for updated list):



Two tickets to the Red Sox-Yankees game on October 3, 2010 (the last game of the season)


Two tickets to the Red Sox-Rangers game on April 21, 2010.


Baseball autographed by Jonathan Papelbon


Homestead Resort – Hot Springs Virginia – Package Includes: 3 Night / 4 Day Stay for 2 with Breakfast for 2 daily, Afternoon Tea, Historical Tours, Service and Tax, Golf with Cart for 2 each day (6 rounds total).


Miami Loews South Beach – 2 Night stay with Breakfast each day


Westin Copley Place – Weekend Stay includes deluxe accommodations for two with breakfast (in The Huntington dining room) each day and tax


Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe – All inclusive 4 night/5 day stay for two. Includes all food and beverage, taxes and gratuities


Secrets St. James Montego Bay — three(3) night stay.


Jam and Jellies basket from


New England Patriots Corey Dillon autographed 8 x 10 photo


Package of Show tickets from Showcase Live


Celtics suede Championship jacket


Gift certificate for a Manicure and Pedicure at Willow Salon and Day Spa in Millis.


Wellness Basket with an hour and a half massage, a chiropractic consultation, an in home cooking class, and a private yoga session.


Taylor Swift Limited Edition Masterpiece Collage    


Twilight Limited Edition Movie Masterpiece Collage


Tim Thomas & Zdeno Chara Hand-Signed “Winter Classic” Hockey Pucks Lot


The Boys of Boston Limited Edition Masterpiece Collage Featuring Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, & Larry Bird


Boston Celtics Legends Limited Edition “Smoking Cigars” Masterpiece Collage


Paul Pierce Hand-Signed Official NBA Basketball


Boston Celtics’ Big 3: Then & Now Masterpiece Collage


Tedy Bruschi Hand-Signed “Super Bowl 39” Photograph


Fenway Park Limited Edition “Timeline” Masterpiece Featuring Actual Game Dirt & Park Brick


Ted Williams Limited Edition “Retired Number” Masterpiece Featuring Actual Game Used Dirt From Fenway Park


Yogi Berra Hand-Signed “With Babe Ruth” Photograph


1980 US Hockey “Miracle on Ice” Team Hand-Signed Photograph


Carlton Fisk Hand-Signed “Home Run” Photograph


Jon Lester Hand-Signed “No-Hitter” Photograph


Wes Welker Hand-Signed Photograph


Robert Parish Hand-Signed Photograph


Rajon Rondo Hand-Signed Photograph    


Larry Bird Hand-Signed “Free Throw” Photograph


Wes Welker Hand Signed Throwback Patriots Helmet


Beer basket with assorted brews and snacks to go with them


Sam Adams “Bucket of Cheer” — Includes two each of (hats, t-shirts, perfect pints, bottle openers) and one certificate good for 12 cases of Samuel Adams all tucked into a five quart logo’d galvanized bucket!


Wine basket featuring an assortment of reds and whites.


New home starter kit with the following items: Coffee Maker; Toaster; Crockpot; 3 cup chopper; and Soap magic dispenser



Orchard Street Jams has generously teamed up with Phil’s Phriends to create a very special fundraising opportunity. Beginning immediately, Orchard Street Jams will donate $1.50 for every 11.0 oz jar and $.50 for every 5.5oz jar of homemade jams and jellies purchased by April 9, 2010 to Phil’s Phriends.

Orchard Street Jams offers a variety of delicious home-made jams and jellies. The flavors change with the season and they use only home grown, local ingredients.

To purchase some truly fantastic jams and jellies and support a great cause, please click here. When ordering, please include Phils Phriends in the subject line. Purchases can be picked up at the April 9th event to avoid shipping charges or shipped via USPS. Paypal is available for your convenience.

We are often asked what it is like to ride in the 192 mile journey from Sturbridge to Provincetown. Along the way, you see and encounter many faces and stories that are difficult to describe in words. This year, my bike was equipped with a video camera mounted to my handlebars with the hope of capturing some of the stories. You can view the video footage by clicking on the images below.

Through these nine minute segments, you get a feel for riding up and down hills, see people lining the streets to cheer riders on, see the images of those affected by the disease and cancer, and experience how we, as riders, channel our energy to bring us closer by the mile to finding a cure. Hopefully you can capture the experience of the ride, the magnitude of this event, and the power that a group of dedicated people can generate. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

On Friday, June 22, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Club in Franklin, Phil’s Phriends will be hosting its “4th Annual Loud Music/Silent Auction” to raise money for the PanMass Challenge and Jimmy Fund. As usual, we will offer hors d’oeuvres, two live bands, a silent auction, and a cash bar – all for $20. Tickets are available from team members. If you would like more information or would like to obtain tickets on-line, drop us an e-mail by clicking here.

Here is the current list of the silent auction items that will be available at the event:



7-10 day stay in a two bedroom/ two bath condominium in Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona ( This is a great place for two couples or a couple with children. You may have the use of our car during your stay if you so choose. Gainey Ranch is in central Scottsdale. It has pools, tennis, and gym. Unfortunately, the Country Club is private. Close to numerous other golf courses, Old Scottsdale and the surrounding mountains. Arizona State University and its cultural and athletic programs are 12 miles south. There are wonderful museums, four professional athletic teams and a dozen MLB spring training sites a short drive away. Scottsdale is 90+ minutes south of Sedona. In general the condominium is not available during school vacation although the Christmas to New Year’s break in 2007-2008 is available. Generously donated by Wayne Ogden, Superintendent of the Franklin Public Schools.


2 nights at the Fairmont Bermuda. The winner can choose between either the Fairmont Southampton or the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. It is a 2 night stay for 2 people in a deluxe room. Graciously donated by Scott Young.



3 nights in a suite at Loews Lake, Las Vegas
with pair of domestic roundtrip Delta airline tickets, 2 tickets to a Cirque Du Soleil show of choice (based on availability $300 value) from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and a nighttime Helicopter ride over the strip from Maverick Helicopters ($150 value). Graciously donated by Scott Young.


3 Night all-inclusive stay at Melia Cabo Real, Mexico. It includes food and beverage with the room stay. Graciously donated by Scott Young.


Weekend for two at Chatham Bars Inn with breakfast. Graciously donated by Scott Young.


3 night Ritz Carlton Jamaica stay. Graciously donated by Scott Young.


Weekend Night stay for 2 with Breakfast for 2 at a brand new hotel in Boston that opens in August called the Liberty Hotel. This hotel will be competing with the 4 Seasons, Ritz Carlton, TAJ Boston and 15 Beacon (high end). Graciously donated by Scott Young.


4 night stay at the WigWam resort in Arizona. It is 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Graciously donated by Scott Young.


Certificate for 1 standard room and ceiling in home paint from custom colors and paint


Spa package at Wisteria Salon
which includes mango facial, Cut and Blow Dry, Makeup application


6 private swim lessons at Adirondack Club. Graciously donated by Caren Weldon.


Art lessons at Franklin School of Modern Art. Graciously donated by Donald & Lydia Carlucci.


Hand colored oil painted photograph of South Boston. Gracious donated by Delores McCoy.


Deion Branch autographed Super Bowl football. Graciously donated by Kris Biagiotti.


Bath & Body Works basket. Graciously donated by Kris Biagiotti.


Martini basket. Graciously donated by Jeff & Maureen Roy.


Autographed baseball (Dustin Pedroia). Graciously donated by Jeff & Maureen Roy.


Framed Autographed picture of Coco Crisp. Graciously donated by Force Play.    


Vintage collectible baseball cards and autographed photo (includes Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Brooks Robinson, et als.). Graciously donated by Herb Volpe.


Two Red Sox tickets, Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 7:05 p.m., Rt field box, Sect 8, Box 94, Row JJ, Seats 5 & 6. Graciously donated by Jeff & Maureen Roy.


Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets on September 15, 2007. Graciously donated by Jeffrey Nutting.


Four Red Sox tickets, September11, 2007 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay, loge box, sect 11 box 99, row LL, seats 1-4. Graciously donated by Paul Danello.


Roundtrip plane ride to Martha’s Vineyard. Graciously donated by Jeffrey Nutting.


Cooking lessons with John Croatti from The Grill at the Adirondack Club.


Color Printer from Tom Banks of Metro West Business Machines


2 certificates from National City Mortgage/ Rich Steckloff for $350 off of closing costs and $200 Cash after closing on a 7 year fixed rate 7.625% Equity Line of Credit.


Bungay Brook golf package, includes 4 rounds of 9 holes with cart and two shirts. Graciously donated by Pete Lounsbury.


Wine basket with gift certificates.


Day at the beach basket. Graciously donated by Mike Ryan.


Hasbro toys Toy Basket #1 with Busy Poppin’ Pals, Nickelodeon All Grown-up puzzle, My Little Pony, Monopoly money, Two Spider Man movies (Origins of a Superhero & Spider-man 2), Spiderman Action Figure.


Hasbro Toy Basket #2 with Nickelodeon All Grown-up puzzle; My Little Pony; Littlest Pet shop; Monopoly money; Two Spider Man movies (Origins of a Superhero & Spider-man 2); Spiderman Action Figure; Electric Airplane


Barbecue Basket #1 with three compartment Condiment tray; mini Grill Condiment; Vertical Roaster; Meat Tenderizer Barbecue Tool Set; Barbecue grilling basket.


Barbecue Basket #2 with Three piece Forged Tool Set; Oversized Cooper non-stick grilling basket; Cooper non-stick grilling bowl; Basting Bottle with storage cap.


Barbecue Basket #3 with Seven piece Gourmet Grilling Set.


$50 Gift Certificate to Joff’s Backyard


Ficco’s 1 hour of Lane time.


Franklin Tavern: $25 gift certificate


King St Deli: $25 GC


Cole’s Tavern: $25 GC


World Gym: 3-month membership


Best Deli: $10 GC


Franklin Buffet: $20 GC


Cut ABove: $30 GC


Mad Science Birthday Party for up to 15 children. It includes the use of the Mad Science Party Room in Hopedale, MA, as well as complimentary goody bags for each child ($5 value each). Graciously donated by Rich & Michelle Pearl.


3 month membership to World Gym along with 2 complimentary personal sessions with him. Graciously donated by Lee Soares, a personal trainer extraordinaire at the Cores/world gym.


Tour of the FOX 25 studios and the chance to watch the 5 pm newscast live, in-studio. Graciously donated by Kevin Lemanowicz of Fox News.


4 passes to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum in Newport


1 year individual membership at the Adirondack Club.


23 x 23 oil painting entitled “Pears and Broken China,” by Lynn Yeslow-Finn.


1 hour massage.


4 personal training sessions with Linda Busby.


$100 gift certificate from Nick’s Landscaping. Graciously donated by Nick Lioce.



We will continue to update the list as we receive more items. We hope to see you on June 22. Please tell your friends, but be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible as only a limited amount will be available at the door.

One of the goals of the Phil’s Phriends team is to promote PHIL-anthropy to worthy causes.  A number of us rode our bikes this summer for a fundraiser event for Leanne Schmall – a young high school girl that died from cancer 2 years ago.  The family is holding a fundraiser this weekend to raise money for scholarships in her name.  If you are free this Saturday, drop by the Elks in Franklin to show some support – the family will remember Phil’s Phriends so be sure to mention the team.  Here’s the info:

Saturday February 24

Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond Street



Dinner, Raffles, Silent Auction, Music and Dancing

Tickets at the door or call (508) 528-5204

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