After six months of intense
training in Olympic-style boxing, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)
project manager Cory “One Punch” Raymond won the coveted main event belt at the
Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) black tie charity gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Project manager Cory “One Punch” Raymond won
the coveted main event belt at the Fight To End
Cancer (FTEC) black tie charity gala on Saturday,
June 4, 2016.
Between the team’s fundraising through personal
networks and money raised at the gala, the FTEC
committee anticipates being able to donate over
$170,000 to the Princess Margaret Cancer
Foundation in 2016.
Held at the Old Mill Toronto, the
sold-out event was hosted by CTV etalk’s Ben Mulroney and brought together some
of the city's top executives and influencers who cheered on five sanctioned
Olympic-style boxing matches featuring 10 white-collar men and women with no
prior boxing experience. Canadian Olympic-bound boxer Mandy Bujold presented
awards for the female co-main event.
COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY
PCL employees are passionate
about making a positive contribution in the communities in which they live and
work. Raymond was introduced to FTEC by friend and co-worker, PCL Toronto
business development manager Sean Donovan, who trained in the 2015 program and
also won the main event.
“I knew from Sean the time and
energy it would take to fully commit to FTEC on top of my career and family
obligations, and I would be lying if I said the past six months was easy. I was
so inspired by the movement that I couldn’t turn away, and I’m so glad I carried
on because the journey was far beyond anything I could have imagined,” says
“The experience to be part of
something bigger for our community, something out of my comfort zone was beyond
my expectations. I am thankful to have the support of an amazing group of
friends, family, colleagues and sponsors who rallied behind me. I’m also
honored to have a new group of friends through the experience who committed
that no matter whose hand was raised in victory inside of the ring, we were all
winners in making such a personal commitment to reaching the ultimate goal of
conquering cancer in our lifetime.”
RAISING RESEARCH DOLLARS
Between the team’s fundraising
through personal networks and money raised at the gala, the FTEC committee
anticipates being able to donate over $170,000 to the Princess Margaret Cancer
Foundation in 2016.
“Since its inception five years
ago, the event has raised over $500,000 in direct donations for the Princess
Margaret Cancer Foundation,” said FTEC executive director and founder Jennifer
Huggins. “Our fifth annual event was our biggest and most successful year to
date, and we are confident that we will reach our goal of raising $1 million
for the Foundation by 2018.”
On a bittersweet note, event
organizers dedicated the evening to boxing legend Muhammad Ali who passed away
just prior to the event, in honor of the legacy that he left behind both in and
outside of the ring.
Raymond frequently referenced a
quote by the icon throughout his journey – impossible is nothing.