Charity Summit breaks record

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Sugarloafers raised more than $180,000 to fight breast cancer during a charity summit that ended last weekend, Sugarloaf/USA Charity Summit spokeswoman Martha Bradley announced Wednesday in a statement.

The sum broke all Sugarloaf’s previous records, and is expected to reach $190,000 after all donations have been tallied.

“The Sugarloaf community has embraced the collective goal of fighting cancer in Maine with a spirit that is truly inspiring,” said Karen Green, the ski resort’s brand manager.

More than $50,000 was raised on Saturday, the statement said, during a charity ball and live auction. One-of-a-kind vacations, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and handcrafted furniture were among items auctioned.

The weekend also featured a silent auction, a charity race and celebratory parties and meals. Many participants spent weeks raising money before the weekend. Top fundraisers were Cheryl Levasseur and Kelly Lucas, who brought in $11,205, and Ken Olmsted, with $5,200, according to the statement.

Proceeds from the Charity Summit stay in Maine and benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Over the past three years, the summit has raised nearly $500,000.

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