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BlueGrace Employee is Pedaling for a Cure

Pedaling for a Cure

On October 28, 2017, our own Gary Brodsky, better known as “Kickstand”, was honored by the Chairman/Owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft. Gary has been at the helm of the Patriots Platelet Pedalers for 10 years now. The PPP, as they are known, raise critical dollars for research each year by cycling in the Pan Mass challenge.  The Pan Massachusetts Challenge is a weekend long charity bicycle ride to benefit Dana-Farber through the Jimmy Fund. Started in 1980, the Pan Mass Challenge is the largest charity bicycling event in the country, raising over $500 million for cancer research and treatment. Gary was honored for his OUTSTANDING fundraising efforts, raising over 1 million dollars for the Pan Mass Challenge this year.

The History behind the Pedalers

Patriots Platelet Pedalers Logo on the big screen at Gillette.

Ronald E. Burton was an American football player for the Boston Patriots.  He was a consensus All-American running back at Northwestern University, and is a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Burton was the Boston Patriots’ first-ever American Football League draft choice in 1960. He was the first Patriot to rush for over 100 yards, along with many other firsts. Burton also still holds a Patriot record for his 91-yard touchdown return on a missed field goal in 1962.

In 1999 at 64 years of age, Ron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (bone cancer) and given one to three years to live.

Ron Burton was treated at DFCI and became great friends with Dr. Ken Anderson. Dr. Anderson is one of the world leading researchers on multiple myeloma. 100% of the funds the Patriots Platelet Pedalers raise through the PMC are earmarked for Dr. Anderson’s continued efforts.

“We ride because we can. We ride for those who can not. We ride because the training rides and the 192 miles on the two days of the Pan Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) are nothing compared to living with or dying from cancer.”

One Team, One Mission

Robert and Josh Kraft address the over 200 guests who attended this year’s check presentation and rider appreciation party at Gillette Stadium on 10/28. 

Check for dollars raised in 2017 by 168 riders on Gary’s team for cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Our Core Value #1 Be Caring Of All Others

BlueGrace is grateful to have such outstanding employees like Gary, who are striving to make a difference in our world and future. At BlueGrace we take as many opportunities as we can to help our communities, both people and animals when they need us most. Thank you Gary for leading the way!

Boosting Morale with the Legends of the Summer Tour Contest

Legends of the Summer Tour Contest

For over the past month, BlueGrace Logistics employees have been competing for the opportunity to win tickets to the Legends of Summer Tour featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z in Miami, as well as get a one-night stay at South Beach’s infamous Loews Hotel. The contest embodied the core culture of BlueGrace which looks to boost morale, embrace positive attitude, and foster fun-spirited competition.

Throughout the past few weeks we have randomly asked point leaders what they would do different in Miami than others and what makes the trip the most appealing:

Emily_BG responded with:  “@MyBlueGrace Seeing Justin Timberlake … Being In Miami…. Hanging with my buds from BlueGrace! well……………… maybe EVERYTHING!!!”

Both sales and non-sales employees of BlueGrace have been eligible to gain points to earn raffle tickets in hopes of being drawn for the trip to Miami.   Separate criteria have been in place for sales and non-sales employees to earn their own respective points.  Points have been awarded for various achievements and recognition, such as being a teammate of the week, power tweeter, Blue Star recipient, and/or have been nominated for a Peer 2 Peer award.

The contest has been absolutely successful with a wide range of participation as well as the top point leaders have changed every week.  BlueGrace is happy to see all of the friendly competition, the overall boost in morale from within departments and managers, and was happy to push the envelope even more in making the BG Experience that much more awesome!

Coming into the last week, the winners will be drawn this Friday on April 26th.

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