$373,766

MONEY RAISED
Haymakers for Hope Boston 2015 Photo

The Story

EVENT DATE: May 14, 2015

Haymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that began in the fall of 2009, when co-founders Julie Anne Kelly and Andrew Myerson embarked on the grueling training process to compete in the New York City Golden Gloves. Julie was the defending champion in the women’s 132 pound division and was looking to defend her title, while Andrew was competing to try and win his first. Julie and Andrew decided that the grueling physical, mental, and emotional test of competing against the country’s best amateur boxers was not enough–they also wanted to raise money for cancer research, making the tournament an opportunity to literally fight for a cure!

 

Both originally hailed from the Boston area and decided to approach Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund with idea of creating and sponsoring a donations web site with all proceeds going to the hospital. Officials at Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund were extremely excited about the idea, and accepted Julie and Andrew’s proposal.

 

By the end of the tournament Julie had successfully defended her crown and the pair raised around five thousand dollars for cancer research!

 

Cancer is not an anonymous, vague disease to either Julie or Andrew. Julie was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma shortly after college, and  now celebrates over a decade of being cancer free. By the time Andrew was in college, he’d already lost one high school friend to the disease.

 

In 2011, Haymakers for Hope took its next big step, with a competitive boxing event wrapped into a gala at the Castle at The Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Attendance crossed the 1,100 mark, people came to watch the boxing and participate in the auction and more than $190,000 was raised for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund. The Haymakers team continued to build on the success of this first event with two events in 2012, the second in Boston and the first in New York City. The two highly successful events raised $529,000 for various cancer research facilities in Boston and New York. 2013 was even bigger, as Haymakers for Hope expanded to include it’s first ever all women’s event for breast cancer awareness month. Coupled with the 3rd annual Boston event, and 2nd annual New York City event, Haymakers raised over $1,041,000 in 2013. 2014 was Haymakers biggest year to date, raising over $1,100,000 between the three events, brining the total amount raised to KO cancer over $3,000,000! Haymakers for Hope is proud and honored to be looking forward to our fifth year in 2015. Not every fight ends at the bell!

 

 

Team Organizer's Photo

John Quackenbush

Amount Raised:

$37,654

Team Organizer's Photo

Bobby Bartlett

Amount Raised:

$39,025

Team Organizer's Photo

Leslie Godfrey-Schutte

Amount Raised:

$31,815

Team Organizer's Photo

Jim Mackenzie

Amount Raised:

$16,396

Team Organizer's Photo

Scott Lombardi

Amount Raised:

$16,800

Team Organizer's Photo

Mike Cusic

Amount Raised:

$12,590

Team Organizer's Photo

Mike Woodward

Amount Raised:

$10,678

Team Organizer's Photo

Joshua Fink

Amount Raised:

$9,213

Team Organizer's Photo

Bill Kane

Amount Raised:

$9,340

Team Organizer's Photo

Kathy Lyons

Amount Raised:

$8,796

Team Organizer's Photo

Karl Gregor

Amount Raised:

$8,040

Team Organizer's Photo

Brandon Shankle

Amount Raised:

$10,775

Team Organizer's Photo

Burton Woodhull

Amount Raised:

$7,516

Team Organizer's Photo

Elliot Hovey

Amount Raised:

$7,090

Team Organizer's Photo

Yaron Naor

Amount Raised:

$5,568

Team Organizer's Photo

Ben Orenstein

Amount Raised:

$5,000