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Campaign surpasses $100,000 goal

Ruth Brown stands by the painting by Faye Pike that she won as part of a Light the Way campaign raffle. 

AMHERST – Light the Way has achieved its goal.

One of the largest annual fundraisers the Cumberland Health Care Foundation holds, Light the Way raised $105,000 through the Christmas season – up from the $100,000 goal.

“Our goal this year was to raise $100,000 to purchase to new pieces of equipment for the hospital,” said foundation managing director Gwen Kerr. “By exceeding our goal we will be able to work toward purchasing or upgrading other needed equipment. We are always striving to provide the best possible care for our community and the additional funds will be well invested.”

Last year, the campaign fell just short of its goal raising $97,000.

“That makes this year extra special,” Kerr said. “There are so many great charities out there in the community and we’re so grateful people chose to give something to the foundation.”

Money raised will go to purchase a YAG Laser for the ophthalmology department and an automated drug dispensing unit for the emergency department.

Foundation chairwoman Diana Bacon is amazed at the continued generosity shown by the community in support of health care at the regional hospital.

“We are so thankful for the generosity, kindness and support from our community,” said Bacon. “We are so fortunate to be a part of Cumberland County; the people here are truly extraordinary.”

During the Light the Way campaign a painting by renowned artist Faye Pike was raffled. The winner of the painting is Ruth Brown of Northport.

Since it began in 1997, Light the Way has raised more than $982,000 for the purchase of needed medical equipment; all because of caring contributions made by donors to the hospital’s foundation. 


Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Foundation

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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