LINCOLN – The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine held its annual Log A Load for Maine Kids Northern Maine Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 18, raising $49,000 for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Last year the PLC expanded its fund-raising efforts to hold two Log A Load golf tournaments, adding a new southern tournament at the Kezar Lake Country Club in Lovell, Maine in addition to the annual northern tournament at JATO Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Maine. The southern Maine tournament was held on Aug. 28, raising $27,643 for Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
The PLC partners with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) and Northern Light Health Foundation to hold the tournaments. BBCH in Portland and Northern Light’s Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“The generosity of the PLC’s members, friends, and supporters has never been more inspiring than now, with every individual, business, and organization that stepped up to participate in this effort dealing with unprecedented challenges because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” PLC Executive Director Dana Doran said. “This is easily the toughest year our industry has experienced since PLC’s Log A Load efforts began 25 years ago, yet this group always comes through for the Log A Load cause and the kids.”
The PLC’s fund raising efforts for Log a Load are not done for 2020: Normally the organization’s Annual Meeting each spring includes a highly successful Log A Load Auction that starts the fund drive for the year. This year, due to the pandemic, the PLC was forced to postpone the meeting and auction, but is now pleased to announce the auction will be held as a live online event on the evening of Oct. 16, broadcast from Randall Madden’s garage in Milford, ME. Details, registration, donation, and sponsorship information on the event is available here: https://maineloggers.com/2020meetingauction/
The PLC and the Northern Light Health Foundation (formerly Eastern Maine Health Systems Foundation) have partnered in the Log A Load fund-raising effort since 1996. Donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children in Maine as possible. Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that has received support for years from the PLC’s Log A Load efforts. More than $1.3 million have been raised by the PLC since efforts began.
The South Carolina Forestry Association started the Log A Load for Kids program in 1988. Originally, the concept was for loggers, wood-supplying businesses, and other industry supporters in various states including Maine to donate the value of a load of logs to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Nationally, Log A Load for Kids is a leader in CMN Hospitals’ fundraising, raising more than $2 million annually through golf tournaments, fishing events, dinners, truckloads of log donations and other events.
For more information, please visit www.logaload.org.