More than 100 people participated in the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Dip on Feb. 13, and the reason was a pretty good one: The event at Portland’s East End Beach raised $20,962 for Camp Sunshine in Casco.

According to Camp Sunshine’s Michael Smith, a couple even got engaged before taking the plunge one day before Valentine’s Day.

Camp Sunshine is located on the shore of Sebago Lake and has been a place of support and hope for children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families since 1984. The program is free for all families and includes 24-hour medical and psychological support.

According to the organization’s Web site, $25,000 is enough to pay for 16 families to attend camp.


During the annual convention of the Professional Photographers Association of Maine, five photographers won Kodak Gallery Awards. The awards have been given by Kodak to photographers in all 50 states since 1985 as a way to honor excellence in professional photography.

Those who received the awards in Maine are Bob Akers of Kennebunk, Felice Boucher of Portland, Tiffany Dumas of Georgetown, Leanne LaFleur of Livermore and Will Wenzel of Portland.


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