MIDDLEFIELD — Lyman Orchards’ annual donation to the American Cancer Society reached just past $28,500 this year.
Every year, $1 of each admission to the orchards’ corn maze goes toward the donation. Thousands of visitors travel to Lyman Orchards for their annual four-acre corn maze, which ran Sept. 1 through Nov. 4 last year.
“We are thrilled that our corn mazes have created such an immense impact on a fantastic organization like the American Cancer Society,” said Executive Vice President John Lyman III in a statement.
Lyman said they didn’t know what to expect when they started the maze back in 2000. Over the last 19 years, they’ve raised almost $600,000 for the cancer society, the total coming to $594,676.
“Lyman Orchards have been crucial partner in helping the Society achieve their mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading a fight for a world without cancer,” said Lynn Kipphut, Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society in a statement.
“The funds raised through the corn maze allow the American Cancer Society to help people detect cancer early when it is most treatable and to protect future generations from being diagnosed,” she said.
Lyman Orchards also donated a total of $8,300 to other charities.
Middletown High School DECA, Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, Coginchaug Regional High School’s French Honor Society, and Mark T. Sheehan’s Music Department all provided volunteers to work as “Corn Cops” helping people find their way through the maze.
Last year’s maze theme was “Dancing with the Stars.” This year’s maze will run August 31 to Nov. 3.