Champion the Cure Challenge

Champion the Cure Challenge Registration is now open for the 2021 Challenge!
Register today for the region’s only event that supports local cancer research and patient care.

Other Ways to Help

Many of our hotels have ongoing sales (bottled water, stuffed animals, and more).
Please check with individual properties to see what they are offering. Thank you for your support!

TOGETHER LET’S CAN CANCER!

Money raised helps provide treatment and research at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
Redeemables can be dropped off at:
83 Main Road North in Hampden, Maine 04444.
So far we’ve raised over $20,000 – thank you for your help!

Past Events

Champion the Cure Challenge – Virtual Event Only
This year our total funds raised was $256,488.00. We had 55 total teams and 615 virtual participants.
2020
Champion the Cure Challenge
This year the Lafayette Hotels team had over 100 members and raised over $79,000! The event raised $680,000 in 2019 and more than $5,000,000 over the past ten years for cancer research-Thank you so much for your support!
August 17th, 2019
BW Merry Manor Murder Mystery Fundraiser
Proceeds Benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
March 10, 2018
Champion the Cure Challenge
August 18th, 2018
Champion the Cure Challenge
This year the Lafayette Hotels team had over 125 members and raised over $75,000 – Thank you so much for your support!
August 19th, 2017
BW Merry Manor Murder Mystery Fundraiser
A 1950's Radio Mystery Theatre Dinner Fundraiser. Net Proceeds donated to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center!
March 11th, 2017
Benefit Spaghetti Super for the Knowles Family
Craig Knowles is a resident of Winterport, Maine and is facing a diagnosis of cancer. He has worked at the Best Western White House Inn in Hampden for 20 years. During his treatment, he will have to miss work and his wife, Laurie, will have limited hours while she cares for Craig during his treatment. Please join us and help raise money for their expenses during this time.
March 29th, 2017
7th Annual Champion the Cure Challenge
In Brewer, Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center – The event has raised over $605,000!
August 20, 2016
Who Killed Jolly Roger? Murder Mystery Dinner with Mystery for Hire
The 7th Annual Mystery Theatre Dinner Fundraiser at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. Event includes: cocktail hour, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, dinner and of course the mystery show! Net proceeds benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. THE EVENT RAISED OVER $9,000! Thank you to all who supported 🙂
March 19, 2016
6th Annual Champion the Cure Challenge
In Brewer, Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. You can walk, run, cycle, ride, or volunteer. You can even participate virtually from afar, or be a lawn-chair participant!
August 14 & 15, 2015
“Murder at the Last Chance Bar & Grill” the 6th Annual Mystery Theatre Dinner Fundraiser at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Event includes: cocktail hour, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, dinner and of course the mystery show! Net proceeds benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
March 21, 2015
The Fifth Annual Champion the Cure Challenge
In Brewer, Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. There is a place for everyone in the EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge! You can walk, run, cycle, ride, or volunteer. You can even participate virtually from afar, or be a lawn-chair participant.
August 15th & 16th, 2014
Best Western Merry Manor Inn Hosts the “Mystery for Hire” production of “Murder Most Medieval”
All net proceeds benefit the Lafayette Family Foundation.
March 15, 2014
Comedy Show: “How Men Think… or do they?” at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon, NH
5 of Boston’s Top Standup Comedians gave a hilarious peek inside the male mind. Proceeds benefited the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
March 8, 2014
An Evening with Miss Abigail at the Fireside Inn & Suites Portland
Join the Fireside with the Dinner Theatre production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage!” All net proceeds benefit the Lafayette Family Foundation.
February 14, 2014
Champion the Cure Challenge
At the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, Maine.
August 17, 2013
The 5th Annual Cancer Research Culinary Event
Hosted in Bar Harbor at the Looking Glass Restaurant. Once again, Executive Chef Arturo Montes of the Looking Glass Restaurant and Executive Chef & Owner Frank McClelland from L’Espalier Restaurant in Boston created a stunning meal and the event raised over $10,000!
August 18, 2013
Logan’s Can Cancer!
Logan Lafayette’s Can Cancer! Fundraiser was a success! He has raised over $13,000 to Cancer Care of Maine to fund research at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center
2013
Clean out for the Cure
Yard Sale and Live Auction
June 22, 2013
Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause
The Tugboat Inn in Boothbay Harbor raised money for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
June 26, 2013
4th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
The Best Western Merry Manor Inn hosted their 4th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – “Lights! Camera! Murder!”
March 16, 2013
The Champion the Cure Challenge
Held in Brewer, Maine. The first two years of the event have raised over $325,000 for EMMC’s CancerCare of Maine – this year’s event alone raised over $320,000 – making the three-year total over $645,000!
August 18, 2012
The 4th Annual Cancer Research Culinary Event
Held in Bar Harbor, Maine. Executive Chef Arturo Montes of the Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn, welcomed special guest, Executive Chef & Owner Frank McClelland from L’Espalier Restaurant in Boston. The event raised over $13,000 for EMMC’s CancerCare of Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
August 19, 2012
Bingo Spells Murder
The BEST WESTERN Merry Manor Inn is hosting a mystery dinner fundraiser with proceeds to benefit the Lafayette Family Foundation.
March 3, 2012
Nancy’s Yard Sale
Nancy Cayford had her third annual benefit yard sale on August 27 and 28 at the Fireside Inn & Suites on 356 Main Street in Waterville, Maine. Nancy’s Yard Sale raised $2,530 (surpassing last year’s amount by over $200)!
August 27 & 28, 2011
The Third Annual Cancer Research Diner
Held in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was an amazing meal, silent auction, and more. Executive Chef Arturo Montes of the Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn and special guest, Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright from the White Barn Inn Restaurant served up and unforgettable lunch! Thanks to all who participated. The event raised over $12,000 for EMMC CancerCare of Maine.
August 21, 2011
The Second Annual Champion the Cure Challenge
Held in Brewer, Maine. The event was a great success and raised over $220,000 for the EMMC CancerCare of Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center – thank you to everyone who supported, walked, ran, biked, volunteered and more!
August 20, 2011
Logan Lafayette – Yard Sale
Logan Lafayette held a yard sale this Saturday, June 11th. He raised $425 to be donated to Cancer Care of Maine to benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, Maine.
June 11, 2011
Spirit of Suspicion Mystery Dinner
the Best Western Merry Manor Inn hosted the Spirit of Suspicion Mystery Dinner Theater to benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. In addition to the dinner and show, they held a silent auction. Individual Lafayette Hotels and local businesses were very generous in their donations. The event raised $4,700 for the Cancer Center. We would like to thank the Mystery for Hire who put on a great production. Sponsors included: GOLD: Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker; and Daigle Commercial Group. SILVER: Maine Paper; Paragon Commercial Realty; and Governor’s Restaurant. FRIENDS: Big Red Quickprint; Nelson and Small; and Dan Marois. Thank you to all sponsors, participants, attendees and volunteers who made this event a success!
February 12, 2011
Second Annual Cancer Research Fundraising Dinner
Executive Chef Arturo Montes of the Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn special guest, Frank McClelland, owner and Executive Chef of L’Espalier Restaurant, joined together for this amazing evening. The event raised $10,000!
August 24, 2010
Books, Bake Sale, Barbeque and More
The Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon hosted a book and bake sale, barbeque, live music and much more.
August 22, 2010
Champion the Cure Challenge
The first annual Champion the Cure Challenge was held to benefit cancer research at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine located in the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer. The Best Western, White House Inn was a proud sponsor of the event. The event had been in place under the name Run for Hope for the past fifteen years, hosted by the Best Western, White House Inn. We are most honored to continue the legacy of The Run for Hope.
August 21, 2010
Yard Sale Fundraiser
Nancy Cayford held her second annual benefit yard sale fundraiser for the Lafayette Family Foundation and Lafayette Family Cancer Center. This event raised $2,300 – congrats Nancy!
July 10 & 11 and 17 & 18, 2010
Benefit Concert at the Tugboat Inn
The Tugboat Inn in Boothbay Harbor held a special fundraiser to support the Lafayette Family Foundation and cancer research in Maine. Kay Brown, Danny Beal and the Holy Mackerels played on the Marina Deck at the Inn. Their wonderful musicians and staff are donated their time to the event. The event raised $1,253.25.
June 27, 2010
Paul Prior Photograph Sale
On Saturday, April 24, Paul Prior held a gallery showing and sale of his photographs. 50% of the proceeds from the sale were donated to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. The show raised $750 for the Cancer Center.
April 24, 2010
Healing with Sound ~ Senator Inn & Spa
David from “Reiki-Fire” and Brenda from “Soundings” hosted a guided journey with emphasis on healing through sound. The evening was full of love, laughter and healing featuring the vibrations from Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls. The event raised $1,430 for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
March 26, 2010
Holy Moly Matrimony Mystery Dinner
The Best Western Merry Manor Inn hosted the Holy Moly Matrimony Mystery Dinner Theater to benefit the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. In addition to the dinner and show, they held a silent auction. Individual Lafayette Hotels and local businesses were very generous in their donations. The event raised $4,000 for the Cancer Center. We would like to thank the Mystery for Hire who put on their 438th dinner production. Sponsors included: Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours, Berry Dunn McNeil and Parker, New England Coffee and Governor’s Restaurant.
February 13, 2010