By: Merrill Allen, Harpoon Helps Published:
Since the beginning, Harpoon has strived to be a good neighbor. In 2003, we organized Harpoon’s charitable work under one name: Harpoon Helps. Here at Harpoon, we embrace our charitable arm’s tagline, To Brew & To Serve, by supporting local charities with donations of fresh Harpoon beer and volunteer hours, and by raising thousands of dollars through Harpoon events to aid their efforts.
But sometimes a Harpoon employee truly goes above and beyond in supporting causes on their own. This month we’d like to feature Jordan McMillan, Harpoon’s Digital Content Coordinator and all around bad-ass, who is participating in Belles of the Brawl next week. Jordan is doing her part to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research. Harpoon Helps couldn't be more excited to be the official sponsor of her fight and we wish everyone the best of luck (we just wish Jordan a little bit more :) )!
Tell us about Belles of the Brawl!
Belles of the Brawl is the third all-women’s fight in the history of Haymakers for Hope, a charity boxing event organization. Founded by Andrew Myerson and Julie Anne Kelly, the boxing events have raised more than $3.6 million for cancer research in New York City and Boston. This year’s Belles of the Brawl will take place at the House of Blues in Boston on October 7th at 7:30pm.
Why are you fighting?
I first learned about Haymakers for Hope back in May of 2014. After attending a fight, I joined a boxing gym – having no idea what I was doing. Haymakers always stayed top of mind for me. It is such an inspiring event, people fighting who have been affected or touched by cancer in some way somehow just made me want to get in the ring. When it came time to sign up for the 2015 Belles of the Brawl everything just seemed to come together and it was my time to fight, and to give back!
I’m fighting for my good friend Mary Harley and all of those out there that have been affected by breast cancer. Getting hit in the face is no joke, training for a fight like this is no joke, and it’s hard, really, really hard. But if someone can go through rounds of chemo, and still fight their battle with courage and optimism, then I can surely train my ass off and take some punches to the face.
I can’t make the fight. Can I donate?
Of course you can donate! We are all raising money for such a great cause, and I would be so grateful to anyone that donates. Donate here.
Whew, sounds like you are going to need a beer after your fight. What beer do you look forward to having and why?
Oh man, I can’t even explain how excited I am for a beer post-fight! I will be indulging in a good ol’ Harpoon IPA. Having gone weeks without having one, it is going to taste better than ever. More importantly though, I’m looking forward to enjoying this beer with all my fellow Harpoon employees that will be there to watch and support me. For months they’ve heard about the fight and encouraged me along the way. The community we have here at Harpoon is so supportive, and to be able to enjoy a post-fight beer with people that are so important to me is going to make it taste that much sweeter!
Good luck, Jordan!
By: Merrill Allen, Harpoon Helps Published:
Harpoon President Charlie Storey, left, presents the 2014 race proceeds to Bruce Bouchard of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
We’re kicking off the Sunday of Harpoon Octoberfest with a bang! Work up an appetite for Harpoon Octoberfest beer, Kayem Bratwurst and some Oompah by kicking up your heels at the Harpoon Octoberfest Race in Windsor, VT on October 11th. The 3.6 mile hilly run starts and ends at the Harpoon Brewery and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. We caught up with our friend from the Cancer Center, Bruce Bouchard, to see how he’s gearing up for the big run! Read on to learn how the race benefits cancer research and patient support.
And remember to register for the run by Tuesday, October 6th at noon! Register here >
Could you tell us about Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and your role?
Since 1982 the “Friends” have supported the work of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center by acting as ambassadors between the cancer center and the communities of northern New England. Additionally, we raise funds for cancer research, patient services, and work to increase the awareness and visibility for our world-class NCI-designated comprehensive center, one of only 41 institutions of its type in the country.
My role, as mentioned, is that of an ambassador for the cancer center and to manage the operational logistics for a wide range of collaborative services which support fundraising events for the Friends.
How has the Harpoon Octoberfest Race helped you in your mission?
Harpoon’s Octoberfest Road Race helps the Friends mission in two critical areas -awareness for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the world-class research being conducted by over 150 investigators working on more than 200 research projects and secondly, funds raised make it possible to advance and support cancer research and patient services.
Where do the funds go and what does this mean to your organization?
Race funds, from Harpoon, Corporate Sponsors and Friends Team Runners have made it possible to advance cancer research that have improved patient diagnosis, treatments and outcomes here locally and around the world. Additionally, Patients & Family Support Services use funds to ease the burden of cancer by assisting families in need with gas, lodging, educational training, and in-person support groups to name a few.