LINCOLN – The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine held its 25th annual Log A Load for Maine Kids Northern Maine Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 17, raising a record $67,351 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Maine.
The PLC hosts two Log A Load golf tournaments each year, with its newer southern Maine tournament, held Aug. 27 at the Kezar Lake Country Club in Lovell, having already raised a record $41,696.
The northern Maine tournament at JATO Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln drew forty teams to the socially distanced event. COVID-19 precautions were followed in accordance with local and national health and safety guidelines.
This year, the northern tournament was dedicated to the memory of Sharon Hanington and her mother, Irma Hanington, both of Lincoln. The Hanington family were founders of the PLC’s Log A Load efforts and remain strong supporters of those efforts today.
“I know Sharon and Irma would be so proud of the generosity of the PLC’s members, friends, and supporters this year and the setting of a new record for this event,” Dana Doran, Executive Director of the PLC, said. “Our industry continues to face challenges on every front, yet no matter the obstacles, this group always comes through for the Log A Load cause and the kids.”
The PLC partners with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) and Northern Light Health Foundation to hold the golf tournaments. BBCH in Portland and Northern Light’s Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The PLC raised a record $136,716 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Maine in 2020 through its annual Log A Load for Maine Kids fund raising despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the northern Maine tournament raised $49,000.
The golf tournaments and the PLC’s annual Log A Load Auction – this year set for Oct. 29 at the PLC’s Annual Meeting in Bangor – raise the majority of the funds for the effort each year.
The PLC’s Log A Load efforts have raised approximately $1.4 million since 1995.
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 is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that has received support for years from the PLC’s Log A Load efforts.
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.