May 22, 2019
Lyman Orchards donates $28,549 to the American Cancer Society

Every fall, thousands of visitors travel to Lyman Orchards in MIddlefield, Connecticut, to get lost in their famous 4-acre corn maze. This fun and festive seasonal tradition is a New England favorite that makes a major impact on a great cause by donating $1 from each admission to the American Cancer Society.

The 2018 Dancing with the Stars-themed maze ran from September 1 through November 4 and generated a donation worth $28,549. Thanks to a steady influx of curious navigators each year, Lyman Orchard’s is nearing $600,000 in total donations to the charity since the corn maze’s inception in 2000.  Its total accumulative donation is $594,676.

“We are thrilled that our corn mazes have created such an immense impact on a fantastic organization like the American Cancer Society,” said John Lyman III, executive vice president, Lyman Orchards. “When we launched our first maze in 2000, we did not know what to expect. That our loyal guests have helped us to raise nearly $600,000 to aid in the fight against cancer is awesome.”

“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. 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,” said Lynn Kipphut, community development manager, American Cancer Society.

In addition, Lyman Orchards made donations to other charities which totaled $8,300. These charities provided volunteers who worked as “Corn Cops” in the maze and helped guests find their way through the iconic Mirror Ball trophy-inspired design. These charities include Middletown High School DECA, Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, Coginchaug Regional High School’s French Honor Society, Mark T. Sheehan’s Music Department.

This year, test your luck on two miles of twisting and winding pathways carved within four acres of towering cornstalks. With a hundred decision points and just one way out, getting lost in the 20th annual corn maze provides family fun that supports a great cause. Save the date – this year’s corn maze runs August 31st through November 3rd.

In the meantime, make sure to visit Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel farm market for a fresh assortment of local fruits and vegetables, delicious treats from its scratch bakery and for lunch specials from it’s made-to-order Café. And coming in early June, it’s the start of the Pick Your Own season as the strawberry fields become ripe for harvesting.

Set on 1,100 acres in the heart of Connecticut, Lyman Orchards (est. 1741) is a year-round destination for the whole family in Middlefield. Shop at the Apple Barrel farm market, filled with fresh produce and Lyman Orchards’ award-winning “Hi Top” Apple Pie; celebrate special events and weddings at the Lyman Homestead; enjoy seasonal Pick Your Own fruits and tours of the orchard; golf on two world-class, public 18-hole courses designed by Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones, and improve your skills at the Lyman Orchards Golf Center and Apple Nine Course.

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Lyman III, executive vice president, Lyman Orchards; Diane Franklin, volunteer, American Cancer Society; Alexis Maliga, senior manager, Community Development, American Cancer Society. Photo: Lyman Orchards

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