CASCO, Maine — The 10th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival at L.L. Bean raised $80,175 for the one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, Camp Sunshine officials announced Wednesday.
More than 20,000 festival-goers attended the daylong event on Oct. 27 in Freeport, that was capped by the spectacular display of 7,658 illuminated jack-o-lanterns glowing in the night sky. Last year’s Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org) festival featured 5,200 lit jack-o-lanterns.
The $80,000 in proceeds will sponsor an entire week-long session at Camp Sunshine for 40 sick children and their entire families.
The 2012 Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival, hosted by L.L. Bean and presented by Hancock Lumber and TD Bank, included more than 250 volunteers. Each pumpkin was sponsored with a $10 donation – and only pumpkins that got sponsored were carved and displayed.
For more information about Camp Sunshine’s programs and to learn more about volunteering or making a donation, visit the camp’s website at www.campsunshine.org, or call (207) 655-3800.