KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Hope & Heroes, a non-profit organization focused on childhood cancer and blood disorders, honored American Century Investments' Chief Client Officer - Americas Peter Cieszko and the global asset management firm at the charity's annual fundraising dinner, which was held last night at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Over the past 14 years, the dinner has raised more than $3 million for pediatric cancer research and programs.
Peter Cieszko and American Century Investments received the Legacy of Hope Award, which honors "those whose commitment, now and in the future, to the eradication of pediatric cancer is exemplary." Cieszko was recognized for leading American Century's support of Hope & Heroes, which helps fund the lifesaving work of Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, the award acknowledges American Century's unique ownership model, which results in more than 40 percent of the firm's annual dividends being directed to medical research designed to identify potential treatments and cures for cancer and other gene-based diseases.
"My commitment to ending cancer and changing lives is both a personal and professional passion," Cieszko said. "My leadership position at American Century affords me the opportunity to help our firm make a difference in the lives of others by ensuring sufficient funding for lifesaving research. It's a privilege to support Hope & Heroes and its wonderful work on behalf of children with cancer."
In addition to recognizing Cieszko and American Century, Hope & Heroes presented the Dustin Drapkin Memorial Award to the Valerie Fund. Named in memory of a 23-year-old man who passed away in 2010, the award honors those "whose personal commitment and service to the pediatric cancer and blood disorder program and Hope & Heroes is exemplary." The Valerie Fund provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.
Hope & Heroes funds more than 50 percent of the lifesaving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center -- including cutting-edge research, family support and care that always puts children first. Columbia is home to the largest and most comprehensive pediatric oncology program in the New York City metropolitan area, and one of the largest centers in the nation. Hope & Heroes ensures that every family, regardless of their ability to pay, receives the highest-quality care.
American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit, basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments totaling over $1.2 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit americancentury.com.
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