Angel Snowfest celebrating 6th annual fundraiser at Lakeview
ST. AGATHA, Maine — On March 9, the Lakeview Restaurant will host the 6th annual Angel Snowfest to benefit three organizations that have made medical help physically more accessible to cancer patients in the Valley.
The event benefits the local Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, Angel Flight of New England, and Patient AirLift Services. Angel Snowfest is dedicated in memory of Lakeview owner Jenn Daigle’s parents, Dick and Carol Derosier, who used the organizations’ services before they both died from cancer.
“We are so limited in this area for further treatment,” Daigle said Friday. “There are a lot of people in this area in need.”
Daigle said that she and members of a snowfest committee put on the event each year and that it means so much for her to give back to the organizations that helped her family.
“We have a lot of people affected by cancer that use the organizations,” she said. “Being sick and in this rural area, there’s a huge financial burden and not everyone can afford to travel to Boston for medical treatment. It helps so many people and it’s a way to give back because we used the help.”
Starting at 11 a.m. on March 9 at the restaurant, Angel Snowfest will involve a variety of activities, including a snowmobile poker run, sledding for children, an ice skating rink, and an ice bar that will showcase ice sculptures created by Daigle’s husband, Jason.
Tickets are $20 per person, however, additional pledges are encouraged.
“We can’t forget all the volunteers who come and help, friends, students of Wisdom High School, Red Arrow Snowmobile Club, and NMMC,” Daigle said. “And we can’t forget the backbone and support of our Lakeview family.”
Daigle bought the business after her father passed and serves on the committee that organizes the event along with Jason Daigle, Becky Derosier Pelletier, Jeannine Michaud, Travis Dugal, Gerard and Dianne Castonguay, Stacie and Jeff Linscott, and Charleen Sirois.
“The support we get from the business and the people in our surrounding communities is amazing,” Daigle said. “We have a great committee [Angel Snowfest Committee] and we put on a wonderful successful event.”
Angel Snowfest has raised a total of $139,000 in the last 5 years to benefit the organizations that help cancer patients and their families.
“Throughout the whole day so many people come,” she said. “There are cancer survivors there that have used the organizations that just want to give back. It is a touching day, very humbling.”