L.L. Bean Top Fundraising Team for Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine

L.L.Bean celebrates 100th anniversary & surpasses goal of raising 100K

The American Lung Association of the Northeast recognized L.L Bean as top fundraising team at the 2012 Trek Across Maine. L.L. Bean, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year,  is a longtime corporate sponsor of the annual cycling event which takes riders on a challenging yet picturesque journey from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry to Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

In honor of its 100th year, L.L Bean not only aimed to raise $100,000 for the event, but strived to put forth its largest team ever and recruit 100 volunteers.  The company more than achieved its goal; L.L. Bean’s team of 233 members was the largest team and together, raised more than $161,000 to support the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by Improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

 “L.L. Bean is very community-oriented, so it seemed natural to want to commemorate our 100th year with an increased involvement in an event we love and an organization we have such a great relationship and provides the opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause,” said David Cyr, L.L.Bean Trek Team Captain.

 The excitement of L.L Bean’s 100th Anniversary was evident throughout Trek weekend.  The L.L. Bootmobile, created by the company to tour the country in honor of its 100th year, made a special appearance at the Trek and led team L.L Bean at the start line on day one. On day two, a huge 100th year birthday cake was served in the L.L. bean tent at Team Tent City. Gifford’s Ice Cream, another event sponsor, served up their “Muddy Bean Boots” ice cream that was created especially to honor L.L. Bean’s 100th year.

L.L. Bean volunteers were ubiquitous at the Trek and could be seen running the company-sponsored rest stop, directing traffic and even helping cyclists repair their bikes. “We were fortunate to be able to use L.L. Bean’s internal intranet to spread the word about the Trek Across Maine and the great work the American Lung Association does,”  said KC Webster, who headed up recruitment for the L.L. Bean team. Webster noted that individual team members’ fundraising was buoyed by the company which donated a $100 matching gift to each team member who registered.

One volunteer, Sandy Spangenberger, was recognized with the 2012 Dana Dutton Volunteer Excellence Award, named in honor of a longtime volunteer who created and implemented the first established route marking plan for the Trek. Spangenberger, an 11-year volunteer, is the leader and coordinator of the L.L. Bean Rest stop.

“L.L Bean has been a generous sponsor of the Trek Across Maine for years and, this year, the team has outdone themselves,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “On behalf of all of those who’ve suffered and continue to suffer because of lung disease, we can’t thank them enough. Their support furthers our mission in a substantial way.”

In its 28th year, the Trek has become a staple in Maine, with the number of cyclists and volunteers growing each year. The event, which had more than 2,500 registered cyclists and 700 volunteers, is on target to raise $1.8 million. 

 For more on the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Trek Across Maine, to register for 2013, or to make a donation that could save lives, visit biketreknewengland.org.