Giving Back


Maine Fundraising

Lafayette Family Foundation & Foundation to Cure Melanoma

All proceeds from these fundraisers stay in Maine.  These are just a few of many fundraising efforts happening throughout the year. The Lafayette family have also made generous personal donations along with paying their staff to organize, work on, and participate in many of the fundraisers.

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Lafayette Hotels has donated over 2 million dollars to the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer, Maine – one million to help fund the building and one million to endow a fund to do cancer research.

The Lafayette Family of Hotels is committed to helping find cures at this world-class institute in Maine. We believe that the Institute will bring help and hope to cancer patients and their families.

Our 30 properties located in Maine and New Hampshire are all participating in fundraisers for this effort. 

Nancy Cayford, an associate at the Fireside Inn & Suites in Waterville, raised over $5,000 with an annual yard sale she organized and sponsored. Several of our hotels sell bottles of water with proceeds going to cancer research. The Best Western White House Inn sells stuffed moose, and hosted the Run for Hope 5K which raised $191,500 from 1994 to 2009. This event has expanded and become the Champion the Cure Challenge – continuing the legacy of the Run for Hope. Since 2010, the Champion the Cure Challenge has raised over $2.9 million dollars for local cancer research and treatment! Our 2019 Lafayette Team had over 106 members and raised over $79,000 – our most raised ever!

In 2019, the Lafayette Family Foundation donated $95,000 to the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute and its collaborators for melanoma research. Doctors from the Cancer Institute collaborate closely with colleagues from Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor, Maine; as well as Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts on joint research and studies. The Foundation to Cure Melanoma donated $20,000 in 2019. $15,000 was donated to Dana-Farber for melanoma research and $5,000 was donated to the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. Total donations for the year totaled $115,000.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is accredited through the American College of Surgeons and recognized for outstanding achievement. We are proud to offer many national clinical trials locally. Northern Light CancerCare of Maine currently has over 70 adult and pediatric trials available. The modern facility is located in the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer. The Institute is equipped with the most advanced cancer treatment technologies in northern New England as well as private and shared treatment areas, where families can join their loved ones receiving care.

Northern Light CancerCare has been selected as the only organization in Maine to become a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative, a program that will bring many benefits to those affected by cancer in the community. In addition, EMHS has entered into an affiliation with Dana-Farber that will help bring leading-edge cancer treatments to surrounding communities throughout the state. Membership in the collaborative enhances educational opportunities for staff and offers opportunities for consultation with medical specialists at Dana-Farber in Boston for complex cases. In addition, many of the latest Dana-Farber clinical trials will be available in Maine for patients at Northern Light CancerCare.

Lafayette Hotels is headquartered in Eastern Maine and employs over 1,000 people. In addition to many other local charities, we make numerous donations to organizations such as: University of Maine, the Red Cross, and the Lafayette Family Cancer Center to find cures for cancer – to name a few. You can help cure cancer by staying with us.

We offer great rates at great locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire. We hope you will choose to stay with us and help support this cause.

Donations can be sent to:
The Lafayette Family Foundation
or Foundation to Cure Melanoma
155 Littlefield Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
(This donation is tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.)

Thank you from the Lafayette Family and the entire Lafayette Hotels Family