Annual "Loggers" Golf Tournament Raises Money for CMN

LINCOLN, Maine (WABI) Coming together to help local children's hosptials...that's the goal of the Log-A-Load for Kids Foundation.

The program started in the 1990's with the intent of donating the value of a load of wood.

Fast forward more than twenty years and it's a now a golf tournament and auction.

Alyssa Thurlow hit the links today for their 21st year.

"It started basically by a logging contractor selling the value of a load of logs and then donating that money back to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals."

It's a Maine program that started in 1995 when the Professional Logging Contractors became an organization.

In just a little over two decades, they've raised over $900,000 to help sick and injured children in the area.

And they've done that every year by hitting the golf course.

"It's so important for everyone to know how dedicated these guys are, this group of loggers. They're out here golfing having a good time but supporting an excellent cause."

40 teams and 160 golfers hit the links Friday in an effort to beat their fundraising goal of $81,000...and for these group of loggers, there's no place they would rather be on a day off.

"They basically dig out their checkbooks, dig deep in their pockets, and they do it for a great cause, and they're not out here to play golf. They're out here to raise money."

Stephen Hanington of Hanington Brothers Incorporated in Lincoln has been involved since the beginning.

"In 1991, with one of the land companies in Northern Maine that we were contracting with, got them to donate a load of wood and got the local mill here in Lincoln at the time to buy the wood and I donated the services and those proceeds were the kickoff."

Those proceeds came in at more than $1500, making it the first Maine contribution.

One that has hit home for many of these golfers.

"My daughter was born in 1985 and we had some complications, so it was kind of close to home and since then we've kinda picked it up and as you know the record shows a lot of funds have been raised and the work that's done and the people that contribute here in Maine is phenomenal."

For an industry that has lost plenty of market share in Maine, they sure make up for it by taking care of those in need.

"It shows the state of Maine that yes, what they do for a living is important, but their community and the kids are much more important than anything they do for a job."