L.L.Bean played host to Camp Sunshine’s 10th annual Pumpkin Festival this past Saturday. The event raised more than $80,000 for the Casco, Maine, retreat that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Over 7,500 carved and decorated pumpkins were on display at the Freeport L.L.Bean campus.
L.L.Bean employee Moe Auger carved this 755-pound pumpkin in the carving contest.
The festival featured fun activities for children and the entire family, including entertainment, games, costume parades and a pumpkin whoopee pie-eating contest.
Local bands performed throughout the event.
The “scoregourd” kept track of the number of pumpkins sponsored. Each pumpkin was sponsored with a $10 donation – and only sponsored pumpkins were carved and displayed.
Camp Sunshine’s pumpkin festivals have raised more than $1.1 million over the years to help keep the Camp’s year-round programs available to families, free of charge.
More than 20,000 attended the daylong event that was capped off by a spectacular display of nearly 8,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns.
Camp Sunshine offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week – a place to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed upon them on a daily basis. The year-round program is free of charge and staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family: the ill child, the parents and the siblings.
Since its inception in 1984, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for more than 32,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition to providing 24-hour on-site medical and psycho-social support, the camp offers a variety of daily activities, including swimming, boating, archery and soccer, and special events such as bonfires and cookouts; and also hosts fall and winter programs. To support Camp Sunshine, call 207-655-3800 or visit www.campsunshine.org.