BP announced today that it will serve as the title sponsor of the BP MS 150 through 2018, having signed a three-year contract extension with the National MS Society, which organizes the annual fundraising bicycle ride.
The two-day ride from Houston to Austin is the National MS Society’s largest annual fundraising event to support multiple sclerosis research. More than 13,000 riders are expected to make the 180-mile trek from Houston to Austin on April 18-19, 2015.
“BP is honored to extend its support for this great event, which has come to mean so much to many in Houston and beyond,” said John Mingé, chairman and president of BP America. “The time and money we have invested over the past 15 years and will continue to for years to come is a sign of our commitment to this community and of our determination to help the MS Society find a cure for this disease."
Since becoming the title sponsor in 2001, BP has helped the ride to become a top fundraiser for MS research.
Over that time, the number of riders participating in the charity ride has grown from 7,100 to 13,000 and the annual fundraising total has increased from US$5 million to $20 million.
“For those of us who ride year after year, the BP MS 150 has become far more than a way for our company to give back to our community; it is now a very personal commitment to an important cause,” said Richard Morrison, president of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business and an executive sponsor of the ride. “As much as we look forward to training and riding in this event each year, our sincere hope is that one day it leads to a cure for MS."
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