LINCOLN — The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine raised $72,000 at the 22nd annual Log A Load for Maine Kids Golf Tournament held Friday, Sept. 21, at JATO Highlands Golf Course.
The tournament, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Maine, is the PLC’s largest annual fund-raiser for charity.
Combined with a record $46,311 raised at the PLC’s annual meeting in May, the tournament’s success means PLC has raised more than $118,000 for CMN hospitals and the families they serve in 2018.
“The generosity of the PLC’s members, friends, and supporters who attend this event never ceases to amaze me,” PLC Executive Director Dana Doran said. “This group reaches deep each year for these families and continues to devote an incredible amount of time, effort, and resources to the Log A Load cause.”
The PLC and the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Foundation have raised more than $1 million since 1996 for children in Maine. 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 as possible. EMHS is a CMN hospital.
Last year’s tournament raised $71,547.
Tickets to the 2018 tournament sold out. Forty teams competed in the event. A highlight of the Log A Load Auction held at the end of the day was bidding for an official New England Patriots football signed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and donated by PLC Supporting Member Cross Insurance to benefit Log A Load.
Presenting sponsors for the event included American Forest Management, Nortrax/John Deere, BBC Land, LLC, and Cross Insurance. PLC also wants to thank the more than 40 other companies that sponsored and/or donated to the tournament for their exceptional generosity.
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.
Maine’s loggers are a vital part of the state’s forest products sector, which is worth an estimated $8.5 billion annually. Logging contributed an estimated $882 million to the state economy in 2014.
Founded in 1995 with a handful of members who were concerned about the future of the industry, the PLC has grown steadily to become a statewide trade association which provides independent logging contractors a voice in the rapidly changing forest products industry. Board membership consists of only loggers, making it an organization that is run by loggers on behalf of loggers. PLC members are responsible for 75 percent of the timber that is harvested from Maine’s forests annually.
Learn more about the PLC at www.maineloggers.com.