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Ski hill fundraiser, Packer Fund Party, a ‘huge success’

FORT KENT, Maine — Organizers raised nearly $11,000 at this year’s Packer Fund Drawing Party, March 11, according to Lonesome Pine Trails Board of Directors Immediate Past President Doug Cyr.

The annual event raises money for capital improvements at the alpine ski facility located in the heart of Fort Kent. Originally, the board intended the fundraiser to pay for a new trail packer, or groomer, hence the name.

“It was a huge success,” Cyr said. The event has grown over the past twenty years, he said. “The Wednesday before, a lot of people start asking about tickets. But, by then we are all sold out.”

The big winners this year were Craig and Tina Caron of Fort Kent, according to Cyr, who added it was the couple’s first time claiming the top prize.

More than 120 people took part in the exciting game, where people purchase a chance to win the top prize of $2,000. Throughout the evening, the emcee draws names, and those “winners” are actually losers as the drawn names are eliminated from the final drawing at the end of the game. As long as a participant’s name is not drawn, they still have a chance, which makes for a fun, if tense, evening.

The LPT board and other volunteers organize the event. The night’s master of ceremonies was Chris Malmborg. Local band French Toast performed at the post-party dance.

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