CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine ??вЂќ With a new name and a loftier goal, the Sugarloaf/USA Charity Summit took the resort’s signature charity event to new heights collecting more than $105,000 and setting a new record in the six-year history of the event. Net proceeds of the event will benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Cancer Awareness Fund.
“Sugarloafers have a history of generosity and the success of this event is a prime example of that,” said John Diller, Sugarloaf’s president. “Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Charity Summit is that all of the money will help people right here in Maine.”
The weekend of events kicked off Friday night with the first-ever torchlight parade that was open to the public. More than fifty skiers and riders took to the slopes at night in the Carry the Torch for the Cure torchlight parade.
On Saturday, Charity Summit participants took to the slopes to compete in the charity race on Boardwalk. Participants strived to gain the “fastest” time, which is a combination of actual race time and the amount of money raised. The more money a participant raised, the more time that was deducted from their actual race time.
The highlight of the weekend was the Sugarloaf Charity Ball that was hosted in the King Pine Room of the Base Lodge. Maine’s own Edith Jones Project, and all-female big band, set the stage for dancing the night away. To cap off the evening, a number of very special items including a football autographed by Tom Brady of the Super Bowl bound New England Patriots, a four-wheeler, and several vacations were auctioned to the highest bidders.
“The Maine Cancer Foundation is so excited about all the events of this year’s Sugarloaf Charity Summit,” said Meredith Burgess, the president of the Maine Cancer Foundation. “It is the perfect combination of the Sugarloaf joining forces with the Maine Cancer Foundation to change the way cancer will affect the people of Maine. The monies raised will all stay 100 percent in Maine and will be used to make grants to various organizations and individuals who are making a difference in cancer research and patient education and support.
The Maine Cancer Foundation and Martha B. Webber Cancer Awareness Fund are Maine-based organizations that are dedicated to helping improve the health and welfare of Maine people affected by cancer through research and education.