The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine raised $72,000 at the 22nd Annual Log A Load for Maine Kids Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 21 at JATO Highlands Golf Course.

Professional Logging Contractors of Maine
Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

The tournament, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) 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 (EMHS) 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.

Log a Load for Kids was created in 1988 by Bill Boyce of Charleston, SC and co-founded with loggers Larry and Carol Connelly of Yemassee, SC. It was presented to, and SPONSORED by the South Carolina Forestry Association. 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.

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