Sugarloaf Charity Summit tops $195,000, Sets New Record
February 1, 2007
For the third consecutive year, the Sugarloaf/USA Charity Summit achieved record-setting status, greatly surpassing last year’s fundraising total. This year’s event which culminated on January 20, raised more than $195,000 with a final tally expected in late-February.
Proceeds from the Charity Summit stay in Maine and benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital. In just three years, the Sugarloaf Charity Summit has raised nearly $450,000 to benefit Maine residents and the fight against cancer.
The highlight of the weekend event is the Charity Ball and live auction on Saturday, when guests bid high and bid often on more than a dozen one-of-a-kind items such as dream vacations, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and handcrafted furniture. In all, the live auction raised more than $50,000. “The Sugarloaf community has embraced the collective goal of fighting cancer in Maine with a spirit that is truly inspiring,” said Karen Greene, Sugarloaf’s brand manager.
In addition, the weekend featured a silent auction with more than 200 unique items, the Charity Race and Challenge on the slopes, and a welcome celebration and sushi feast on Friday night at the Shipyard Brewhaus. Participants use the weeks preceding the event to collect donations for family and friends, which has evolved into a friendly competition. This year’s top fundraisers were Cheryl Levasseur and Kelly Lucas who collected $11,205 and Ken Olmsted who brought in more than $5,200.
From the start of the winter season, Sugarloaf has sold raffle tickets for a two-year season’s pass with all proceeds benefiting the Charity Summit. This year, the pass raffle collected more than $4,000 and was won by Chip Lape of Kennebunk.
"The donations continue to come in. Our two representatives in the race, Dr. James Lancaster and Tory Gray raised $1,838 between them to support our efforts," said Maureen Goudreau, Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) development director. "The last news coming out of the Charity Summit team is that we are at approximately $195,000. This would mean that after expenses FCHN will receive a check for at least $72,500 for our Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center Endowment."
The Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Breast Cancer Center are dedicated to improving the health and welfare of Maine residents affected by cancer through research, community outreach, and prevention programs.
For more information log on to www.sugarloaf.com/charity.html or call Martha Bradley at 207-797-7130.
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