Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger, left at podium, is joined by the beneficiaries who will receive more than $2.9 million in funding for cancer research: Steve Jennings, left, Reuben Shaw, Greg Daniels, James Short, Suzy and Jamie Simon, Barbara Parker, Kristiina Vuori and Donald Kearns. Photo courtesy of Padres Pedal the Cause

Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger, left at podium, is joined by the beneficiaries who will receive more than $2.9 million in funding for cancer research: Steve Jennings, left, Reuben Shaw, Greg Daniels, James Short, Suzy and Jamie Simon, Barbara Parker, Kristiina Vuori and Donald Kearns. Photo courtesy of Padres Pedal the Cause

Padres Pedal the Cause presented a check for a record-breaking total of $2,940,837 recently to beneficiary representatives from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. The funds, raised from the annual 2018 event at Petco Park, represent the largest contribution in the history of the organization, and brings the six-year donation total to more than $10 million for local translational research and clinical trials that are accelerating cures for cancer.

The event welcomed 2,513 participants — an increase of 35 percent — and total fundraising grew by 22 percent. The organization raised enough funding to completely underwrite operational costs, thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and private donors, allowing all funds raised by participants to be donated to cancer research.

Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger unveiled the check during a celebratory gathering of hundreds of event participants, San Diego business leaders, top donors and fundraisers, as well as Padres Pedal founders, Bill and Amy Koman. Marbarger shared the stage with Tony Gwynn Jr., Dr. Christopher Kane of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, and representatives from each of the institutions benefitting from the fundraising. The evening’s remarks were kicked off by Susan Couch, SVP and senior client relationship manager of commercial banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, San Diego. Bank of America was the presenting sponsor of the Padres Pedal the Cause Annual Check Celebration. Visit gopedal.org.