Jul 08, 2013
DENVER – Bike MS Team Stay Fit at Hyatt surpassed the $1 million mark in cumulative fundraising last weekend during the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Newmont Bike MS, presented by Point B, becoming the second corporate team to reach this milestone in the ride’s 28-year history.
“This is a remarkable Bike MS team,” said Carrie Nolan, president of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society as she stood at the finish line welcoming riders completing this year’s ride. “Team Hyatt started with just three team members in 2000 and steadily doubled participants and funds raised each year. Team Hyatt was the largest of the 207 Bike MS teams this year, fielding more than 200 cyclists with a goal to raise $200,000.
“Team Hyatt is an inspiration – they show that every team has the capacity to grow, connect and involve more supporters,” Nolan said.
During an awards ceremony at CSU Saturday afternoon, the Chapter recognized the team and its exemplary captain, Grand Hyatt Denver General Manager Greg Leonard. “Greg always keeps the mission – why people ride – at the forefront when recruiting team members. He also keeps the team connected throughout the year by holding events that include a popular silent auction and golf tournament to grow awareness, support and team camaraderie,” Nolan continued.
“This has been a Hyatt Hotel of Colorado team effort and is the result of many years of work and commitment,” said Leonard. “We’re excited and have a sense of satisfaction that the fruits of our efforts are meaningful to a lot of people We work day in and day out to make a difference and with this it’s been rewarding to see the benefits, including the breakthroughs in treatments now available,” Leonard added.
There has been significant progress in the fight to beat MS, thanks to research funding. Although the cause and cure remain unknown, MS has moved from an untreatable disease just 20 years ago to having 10 FDA approved disease-modifying therapies for relapsing MS, the most common form of the disease. Additionally a significant number of other exciting therapies are in late stage development or are before the FDA for review.
“We wish to express our utmost gratitude to Team Stay Fit at Hyatt, to the 3,000 cyclists and the community for continued strong support of the Society. Our commitment to all our supporters is to remain resolute in our quest to support the 100,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming affected by MS today and to continue our strong support of the promising research that will lead to our ultimate goal of finding a cure,” Nolan emphasized.
In addition to the Colorado Bike MS ride, Hyatt now fields Bike MS teams in California, Illinois and Missouri to support the work of the Society. This fall the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center will be the site of the Society’s National Leadership Conference, where more than 1,000 top volunteer leaders from throughout the county will gather to learn about research and treatment advancements, and skills to be great ambassadors.
Team Stay Fit at Hyatt joins corporate team Great-West Life and friends and family teams Sugar Bee and Raw Hinies as Bike MS teams that have surpassed $1 million in cumulative fundraising.
Newmont Bike MS, presented by Point B is one of the Chapter’s signature fundraising events. The two-day, 150 mile ride that follows a course from Front Range Community College in Westminster to CSU in Fort Collins and back. This year the ride’s 3,000 cyclists rode with a target of raising $3.6 million, which supports Chapter programs, resources and Society research.
For more information on MS, upcoming events and ways to get involved, visit www.cureMSco-wy.org.
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 100,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS annually. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 325 National MS Society research projects worldwide – nine of which are located in Colorado. The Chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Cheyenne and Casper serving the Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont (www.newmont.com) is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has more than 35,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at core operations in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont's industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.
About Point B
Point B is a management consulting firm. We help our clients develop strategic insights and translate them into impact. Our clients look to us for industry and functional expertise combined with our ability to execute. Point B is regularly honored by many publications as an exceptional place to work, including The Wall Street Journal and Consulting Magazine.