Lyman Orchards Donates $32,890 to American Cancer Society

Middlefield, CT — Lyman Orchards, a popular family-owned New England destination for over 280 years, is pleased to announce a recent $32,890 donation to the American Cancer Society using a portion of the proceeds from its 2021 Corn Maze.

The Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards is an annual event that attracts families across New England. This past year’s theme was 1970s rock 'n' roll—in which visitors’ progress through the maze was dependent on the accuracy of their music-trivia knowledge.

Since opening the first Corn Maze in 2000, Lyman Orchards has donated a portion of the admission fees every year to the American Cancer Society—reflecting a grand total of nearly $700,000.

“The American Cancer Society looks out for all of us in the fight against cancer,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “It’s a great honor to have a role in contributing to the Society’s innovative and pioneering research—and it’s no exaggeration to say that those efforts help save lives nationwide.”

“Lyman Orchards has been a longtime partner of the American Cancer Society, helping to raise funds each year through their annual Corn Maze,” states Alexis Maliga, Director of Development at the American Cancer Society of Connecticut. “These critical funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack all cancers in countless ways—funding and conducting breakthrough research, providing education and advocating for the needs of cancer patients and their families, and providing essential services throughout their cancer journey. We are grateful to have Lyman Orchards as an amazing community partner.”  

Lyman Orchards plays an active, ongoing role in supporting the local community and numerous charitable causes. For example, an additional $4,407 in proceeds from the 2021 Corn Maze was donated to charities that provided volunteers to serve as “Corn Cops” to help people navigate their way through the exhibit. These charities included Sheehan High School MPA ($1,625), Middlefield Lions Club ($2,119) and the Coginchaug Regional High School French Honor Society ($663).

Furthermore, Lyman Orchards donated 50¢ of every 2021 Corn Maze ticket sold to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, for a total of $16,445.

The 2022 Corn Maze will open September 3 and run daily through November 6. 

In the meantime, visit the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel Farm Market for a wide assortment of farm-fresh, ripe produce, as well as bakery items, cheeses and breads. And get ready for our latest fun-filled season of Pick Your Own Berries—with strawberry fields ripe for harvesting in June.

For more information, visit lymanorchards.com.

About Lyman Orchards:

Situated on 1,100 acres in Middlefield, Connecticut, Lyman Orchards is a year-round family destination. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards offers a variety of recreational activities and venues for adults and children of all ages—including pick-your-own fruit orchards, a farm market, seasonal mazes, 36 holes of championship

golf, a par-29 nine-hole course, one of the top golf-training facilities in the state of Connecticut, 1741 Pub & Grill, meeting and event space, and seasonal festivals. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit lymanorchards.com.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. We invest in lifesaving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and work to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. For more information, visit cancer.org.

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