As |Charity of Choice| for the sixth year in a row, Expect Miracles Foundation was proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Expect Miracles Awards, sponsored by American Century Investments, on April 5th at Institutional Investor's 18th annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.
The Expect Miracles Awards recognize individuals and firms within the financial community for their outstanding support, commitment, and dedication to the fight against cancer. This year, we were thrilled to receive so many top notch nominations and proud to recognize all of the 2012 nominees and award winners. The Expect Miracles Awards Selection Committee is comprised of leading business professionals. To uphold the spirit of the Expect Miracles Awards, these individuals are unaffiliated with and independent of Expect Miracles Foundation and American Century Investments. Recognizing the diverse range and nature of the nominees' work in the fight against cancer, all nominations are judged on a standard set of criteria for each category to select the final honorees.
The evening started on a high note as the night opened with an inspiring video montage of the Expect Miracles Nominees and the work they are doing in the fight against cancer. Peter Cieszko, Senior Vice President, North America of American Century Investments presented the corporate awards. Huntington Bank was awarded the 2012 Company for a Cure Award for their 2012 sponsorship of Pelotonia, a grassroots 180-mile bike ride that raises money for cancer research. The Corporate Commitment Award went to CIBC for their 20 year support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's vision for a future without breast cancer, raising almost $30 million to date.
The individual awards were presented by Christina Thirkell, Executive Director of Expect Miracles Foundation. The Miracle Maker Leadership Award recognizes an individual at an executive or board level who has demonstrated long-standing personal leadership in cancer advocacy. Stephen J. Czech CIO and Managing Partner of Czech Asset Management, L.P. and Dee Dee Ricks Founder of Ricks Consulting Group Inc., were given this honor for their exceptional work in the fight against cancer. Czech established the Mikey Czech Foundation dedicated to financing the creation and operation of a translational research laboratory for the study of DIPG brain tumors. Ricks was honored for her extensive advocacy work helping improve the standard of care for underserved individuals diagnosed with cancer.
John London, Founder of Suttonbrook Capital Management, received the Inspirational Contributor Award, which recognizes an individual whose personal efforts helped to ensure the success of a cancer-related project, event, or fundraising initiative in 2011. London was given this honor for funding four new clinical trials through his Foundation, Solving Kids Cancer. One neuroblastoma vaccine has the potential to change the treatment paradigm for all children with cancer.
The Expect Miracles Awards program ended with a video highlighting the Expect Miracles Kids Golf Day, being brought to Fenway Park this year. The Foundation is inviting kids who have been impacted by cancer along with their families to historic Fenway Park for an unforgettable and fun-filled day of mini-golf, activities, and hope. The audience was asked to make a donation to help support the program and help send a child to this magical day, launching the campaign 100 Kids for Fenway's 100th anniversary. If you did not have an opportunity to make a contribution, you can still do so today.
MIRACLE MAKER LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS
Recognizes an individual at an executive or board level who has demonstrated long-standing personal leadership in cancer advocacy.
INSPIRATIONAL CONTRIBUTOR AWARD WINNER
Recognizes an individual whose personal efforts helped to ensure the success of a cancer-related project, event, or fundraising initiative in 2011.
CORPORATE COMMITMENT AWARD WINNER
Recognizes a firm that has demonstrated an organizational commitment to the fight against cancer.
COMPANY FOR A CURE AWARD
Recognizes a firm for an innovative initiative or event in 2011 that helped to further cancer awareness, raise funds, and fund cancer-related programs.