CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine ??вЂќ Thanks to the generous support of Sugarloafers everywhere, the annual Sugarloaf/USA Charity Summit on Saturday collected a record-setting $152,000 with donations still coming in to support cancer initiatives in Maine.
The sum represents more than a 25 percent increase over last year’s fundraising and is nearly double the amount raised just two years ago. “We set the bar high this year by shooting for a total of at least $150,000 but we’ve had such terrific support for this event there was never really any doubt that we would make it,” said Sugarloaf’s Brand Manager Karen Greene. “The generosity of those in attendance this weekend and of those who couldn’t be here is very gratifying to see.”
The Sugarloaf Charity Summit is the resort’s signature fund raising event that includes fundraising by individuals, sponsorship sales, a cocktail reception, charity ski races, and the Charity Ball and auction.
The Charity Ball is the highlight of the weekend and features live and silent auctions and dancing to the music from the Edith Jones Project, an all female big band from southern Maine. This year’s live auction included more than a dozen one-of-a-kind items including sports memorabilia, exotic vacations, and a new Harley Davidson motorcycle. More than 200 items were available in the silent auction that ranged from restaurant gift certificates to furniture, and even a football autographed by Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots.
Net proceeds of the weekend-long event will help fund the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center in Farmington. Both organizations are directly involved in cancer research, community outreach, and care of Maine residents affected by cancer.
The Sugarloaf Charity Summit is the evolution of the Sugarloaf Charity Challenge that was first held seven years ago. Since it’s inception, more than $500,000 has been raised for Maine-based charities.