5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-A-Thon Reaches Goal
Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon, took place Friday, March 16 through Saturday, March 17 reached the goal of raising $65,000. Over 300 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar registered and participated in the 24-hour event held at King Pine Ski Area. Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire provided a spectacular fireworks show Friday night and key support was provided by Vertical Challenge and Bolt Depot with crews DJ’ing music, staffing a photobooth and providing entertainment throughout the event.
In its fifth year, Cynthia's Challenge has now raised over $246,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall, Faith Holt, and now one to be purchased for Jacques Villeneuve’s family. Jacques is the son of King Pine staff member, Lucie Villeneuve, son of Peter Villeneuve and brother of 7-year old Melanie, all of Freedom, NH. The $65,000 raised will help cover the cost of a van and expenses associated with the challenge.
"It’s an incredible show of support by the local community, but also from all here at King Pine including ski patrol, lift operators and the many employees who volunteer their time to see the event through the night," stated Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort. "We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Jacques and for the Villeneuve family to have a reliable, handicap accessible van.”
Saturday's lunch sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse provided grilled items served under sunny blue skies and nourishment for participants to finish the 24-hour challenge. In addition to lunch, The Yankee Smokehouse donated $2,250 raised by their successful pizza fundraiser hosted the Wednesday prior to the event. Thrivent Financial set up a waffle tent and raised $1,450. Flatbread Pizza provided pizzas for Friday night’s dinner and Leavitt’s Bakery along with Big Dave’s Bagels provided breakfast carbs to keep everyone going Saturday morning.
Cynthia's Challenge would like to recognize the following businesses for their major support: Atlas Fireworks, Bank of New Hampshire, Bolt Depot, Boston Sand & Gravel, Bradley's Hardware, Centerplate, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Flatbread Pizza, Granite State Adaptive, King Pine Ski Area, Mad Cow Screen Print, Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire, Margie MacDonald-Remax Presidential, Pepsi, Purity Spring Resort, Ride-Away, Story Land, Thrivent Financial, Vertical Challenge and Yankee Smokehouse.
A special thanks to everyone that donated raffle prizes, silent auction prizes and food to make this event possible including: A Second Glance Hair Salon, Bear Notch Ski Touring, Big Dave's Bagels, Blue Bay Seafood and Steak, Boston Celtics, Boston Duck Tour, Boyle’s Family Market, Chris Bloom, Broker Associate of Re/Max Presidential in North Conway, Corner House Inn, Eastman Golf Links, Eastern Mountain Sports, Farm to Table Market, Franconia Inn, Hobbs Tavern, Indian Mound-River's Edge Grill and Tavern, Jackson XC, Jake’s Seafood & Grill, J.P. Goodwin, Kahuna Laguna, King Pine Ice House, Lindt Chocolate, Loon Mountain Resort, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Cave/White Mountain Attractions, Monkey Trunks, Mountain View Station Restaurant, Mt. Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Trails, Mystery NH, New England Aquarium, North Conway Country Club, Omni Mount Washington Resort, Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Province Lake Restaurant, Reliable Oil Company, Santa's Village, Sap House Meadery, Settler’s Green, SkiNH, Ski Works, Skydive New England, Story Land, Synergy Sportswear North Conway, Wilson W. Stewart Artist and Windy Field Farms.
Tax deductible donations are still being accepted to help Cynthia’s Challenge continue to operate and support local families. Online donations are welcome at cynthiaschallenge.org and checks made out to Cynthia’s Challenge are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring Resort at (603) 367-8896 or email email@example.com.
- Now in its fifth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $246,000 to benefit children and their families.
- Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event.
- $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog.
- The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van.
- The third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.
- The fourth year raised over $50,000 for Faith Holt to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.
- The fifth year raised over $65,000 for Jacques Villeneuve with over 300 skiers and riders participating to help purchase a handicap van.
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