The first-ever Maine Suitcase Party raised $60,000 for Camp Sunshine in Casco while providing three Mainers and their guests with a dream weekend in New York City including a private jet, organizers announced recently.
More than 500 partygoers attended the Sept. 21 fundraiser in a spruced-up Maine Aviation maintenance hangar at the Portland International Jetport.
Drawing winners were Calvin Hunter of Auburn joined by his wife, Carley Kjeretzian, and Wendy McKenzie of Warren joined by her sister Deborah McKenzie of Gorham. In addition, Tim and Sonja Devine of Portland were the high bidders in a live auction for the final two seats.
Arriving in New York City on Friday night after a 50-minute flight, the winners were chauffeured by LimoLink to The Blakely Hotel in Manhattan, where they spent two nights in New York City with $500 in spending money. They returned to the Portland International Jetport on Sunday evening aboard the same Hawker 1000 luxury jet provided by Maine Aviation along with the crew.
All partygoers arrived at the event with packed suitcases, ready to board the plane for the weekend if their name was drawn. The suitcase party fundraiser, similar to a handful of others held in other parts of the country, was the first to take place in the eastern United States.
Residential Mortgage Services Inc. served as a lead corporate sponsor of the event.
To support Camp Sunshine, call 655-3800 or visit campsunshine.org.