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Islesboro Crossing connects corners of Maine

Jul 23, 2020
Photo by: Dave Dostie, Maine Magazine In this year of the pandemic, changes to the annual Islesboro Crossing fundraising event will allow many more people across Maine, and beyond, to participate.

LifeFlight’s annual fundraiser is going to look a little different this summer. With the safety of event participants and Islesboro community residents as a top priority, the organization decided to cancel the in-person Islesboro Crossing event originally scheduled for Aug. 16 and replace it with a virtual event, running from Saturday, Aug.1, through Sunday, Aug. 16.

The change will allow many more people across the state — and beyond — to participate. Instead of hundreds of swimmers, paddlers and volunteers gathering in Northport and Islesboro, this year, LifeFlight is asking participants to create their own crossing for the newly dubbed iX2020. Historically the “I” in IX stood for Islesboro, but this year it’s about Individuals (and small groups) swimming and paddling across bodies of water everywhere in Maine to support LifeFlight.

One goal for this year’s event is to track at least one crossing in every one of Maine’s 16 counties. Another goal is to see how many total miles are crossed by all participants. During an average summer week, each LifeFlight helicopter flies about 1,800 miles across the state. Can iX2020 crossers cover that much ground (or water), too?

Recognizing that these are trying times for many Mainers, this year’s event doesn’t have a minimum fundraising requirement. However, as flight teams continue to crisscross the state caring for critically ill patients, including those affected by COVID-19, it’s also clear that the mission of LifeFlight does not stop. This is an opportunity for friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to make a difference in a time when many feel helpless in the pandemic.

Since it began in 2013, the annual Islesboro Crossing has raised more than $1.7 million to support Maine’s critical care air ambulance. Visit islesborocrossing.org to register, get more information or make a donation.

In addition to the fundraising efforts from each of the participants, corporate sponsors are also essential to the success of the event. Major sponsors for iX2020 include Camden National Bank and Viking Lumber. Both of these companies have been longtime supporters of LifeFlight and the Islesboro Crossing event. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $20,000 and come with an array of benefits. For more information about becoming a sponsor, email Anna Dugal at adugal@lifeflightmaine.org.

In 2020, LifeFlight is asking participants to create their own crossing for the newly dubbed iX2020. (Photo by: Dave Dostie, Maine Magazine)
Historically the “I” in the IX name for the Islesboro Crossing stood for Islesboro, but this year it’s about Individuals and small groups, swimming and paddling across bodies of water everywhere in Maine, to support LifeFlight. (Photo by: Dave Dostie, Maine Magazine)
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