Carnaval Maine Raises $25,000 for WinterKids

Carnaval Maine Raises $25,000 for WinterKids

Carnaval Maine’s inaugural three-day festival took place on Portland’s Eastern Promenade January 30 through February 2, 2020, with a mission of delivering meaningful and measurable economic, community and charitable impact.

As Beneficiary, WinterKids Was Thrilled to Receive $25,000.

We were proud to have been named the Carnaval Maine beneficiary with proceeds from ticket sales and special events and thrilled to have received $25,000, through ticket sales.  “No words can express our appreciation of the $25,000 gift we received as Carnaval Maine beneficiary.  We are grateful to Carnaval Maine and their Presenting Partners such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Norway Savings Bank, L.L.Bean and all the other sponsors for their generosity,” said Julie Mulkern, Executive Director of WinterKids. 

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Photos Courtesy of Emily Zollo from Shipyard Brewing Company
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Photo Courtesy of Tim Greenway

It’s estimated that over 10,000 people attended this year’s inaugural festival to enjoy events that included the Maine Bicentennial Snow Ball and Bites & Brews under a 350+ person inflatable igloo, Sunday River learn to ski and USASA Rail Jam, Maine Beer Box, Illumination by Norway Savings Bank, food truck village, live performances and mascot appearances including special guest Bonhomme from Carnaval de Quebec.

“Winter is a magical time of year in Maine, and we applaud efforts of all who played key roles to make this dream a reality.  Together we encouraged people of all ages to embrace Maine’s winter season and showcase award-winning culinary, brewing, outdoor recreation and other epic experiences” said Brian Corcoran, CEO of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to a bigger, better and best Carnaval Maine in 2021 and beyond.”

We’re already looking forward to celebrating winter again at Carnaval 2021, and hope to see you there!

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Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.