Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary’s third annual Karl’s Kids Fun Day held March 6 at Sugarloaf was a huge success, reported Karl’s Kids founder Mike Hall.

Karl’s Kids has raised more than $25,000 the last three years to help children and teens in Lincoln County with financial need who want to participate in sports or enjoy physical activities. Karl’s Kids helps with equipment needs, registration fees and in many other ways to give kids and teens access to physical activities.

Karl’s Kids applications are available at damariscotta-newcastlerotary.org. Simply fill out the application and mail it to Karl’s Kids, P.O. Box 363, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or call Mike Hall at 832-5541 for further information.

“It was a chamber of commerce day as the sun was bright and the snow was perfect. Sugarloaf had one of its biggest days in history with the welcome back gathering for Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott,” Hall said.

Seth Wescott signed the number “1” Karl’s Kids Racing Penny, which was auctioned off at the Karl’s Kids silent auction at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel.

The weekend’s festivities were highlighted by a great challenge ski race at the Boardwalk race course. For a $5 donation, racers competed for prizes for fastest, slowest and craziest-dressed skier. After the race, a silent auction and closing reception were held. This year, Karl’s Kids raised more than $9,000 thanks to the efforts of sponsors, silent auction donors, volunteers and Sugarloaf.

Karl’s Kids thanked its generous sponsors: First Federal Savings Bank, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Cheney Insurance Companies, Midcoast Energy Systems, Thomas Farrell Naval Architects, Dow Furniture, Hillside Collision Center, Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, SMI Management & Research, Newcastle Savings Bank of Maine, Mexicalli Blues, Supplies Unlimited, Postal Center, Tindal & Callahan Real Estate, Wiscasset Ford, Harold C. Ralph Chevrolet, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Waldoboro Sno-crawlers, Cohen & Cohen and Dr. Glen Davis. Karl’s Kids also thanked all of the generous businesses and individuals who contributed to the silent auction.

Karl’s Kids needs help from community members to identify less fortunate kids and teens who need assistance in getting sports equipment, sneakers, helmets, camp registrations, and other items to participate in sports or other physical activities. Being physically active leads to a healthy lifestyle.

Mary Berger, wife of the late Karl Berger, whom Karl’s Kids is named for in his memory, said the money raised at the event will help more children participate in sports and other activities.

“The kids and teens of Lincoln County will truly benefit from the businesses and people who so graciously gave of their time and money to help kids and teens become physically active,” Mary Berger said.

Karl’s Kids has already helped many kids in need. Karl’s Kids has provided baseball equipment and cheerleading camp registrations. Karl’s Kids will help the Great Salt Bay School by providing bicycle helmets to kids for the bicycle safety course.

If someone knows a kid or teen that needs assistance, visit damariscotta-newcastlerotary.org to print an application. Fill out the application and send it to Karl’s Kids, P.O. Box 363, Waldoboro, ME 04572.