STATEWIDE – The Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic is another in a list of memorable events that have been lost this year due to concerns around COVID-19.
While on the surface the event is designed to honor the best seniors in Maine high school football, it is also a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The fundraising portion of the proceedings still took place this year. Lobster Bowl board of governors president Joe Hersom said more than 80% of the participants chose to fund raise in spite of the game being canceled.
This year’s class of seniors raised more than $75,000 despite the current economic climate and no game. The event typically brings in upwards of $100,000; but without the operating costs of running the game and training camps, this money raised goes directly to the cause.
“At the end of the day because of their hard work, we’re probably going to end up being to able to offer a larger donation to the Shriners Hospitals for Children than we ever have, it’s a huge thank you to the 2020 participants for the hard work they’ve put in,” said Hersom.
Beyond losing the motivation of participating in the game and its training camps, the economic circumstances made it particularly difficult to fund raise this summer. Hersom said athletes did everything from bottle drives to asking for money out in front of grocery stores this year.
The top fundraiser from the cheerleading team, former Lawrence High School cheerleader Samantha Fuller, was proud, among other emotions, to be recognized for her efforts for a good cause.
“Honored and surprised, because I just had a set goal of what I wanted to raise, and once I hit $500 I wanted to keep going, up $200, and wanting to do more.”