Toronto, ON (June 8, 2016) – 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.
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.
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 Raymond.
“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 honoured 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.”
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 honour 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.
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ABOUT PCL CONSTRUCTORS CANADA INC. (TORONTO)
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Backed by PCL’s 100 year legacy, and with more than four decades of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 600 of the construction industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of more than $1.4 billion. For more information, visit PCL.com/Toronto.
ABOUT THE FIGHT TO END CANCER
The Fight To End Cancer Gala is an annual black tie fundraiser founded in 2011 by Jennifer Huggins. We have chosen to partner with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation due to their direct support within the community. Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners. Let's make a difference now in the fight to end cancer for a long and successful future for everyone. This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. For more information: www.fighttoendcancer.com.
ABOUT THE PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER FOUNDATION
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. For more information: www.thepmcf.ca.