5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Delivers Handicap Van

East Madison, NH (June 14, 2018): Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon held this past March 2018 at King Pine Ski Area delivered on the promise to purchase a $65,000 handicap van for a local family in need. On Wednesday afternoon, June 13, the handicap van was presented to the Villeneuve family at King Pine Ski Area. The $65,000 raised at the ski-a-thon covered the cost of a handicap van for 9-year old, Jacques Villeneuve of Freedom, NH. Jacques was diagnosed at a young age with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum as well as Diplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Jacques' parents have to physically lift him into their vehicle every time they plan on going anywhere and then have enough room for storage for his walking assistance devices.

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 purchased for Jacques Villeneuve’s family.

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 info@purityspring.com.

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Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Cynthia's Challenge

Come join in the fun and help support a great cause!

June 16, 2018 at the Indian Mound Golf Club in Center Ossipee, NH

11:30 a.m. Light Lunch and 12:30 p.m. Shot Gun Start

Cost is $85 per golfer and includes:

Pre-register by mailing forms to Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, 196 Shawtown Road, Freedom, NH  03836  Attn: Dianne or email dbattles@danforthbay.com   Please bring completed entry form, along with payment for individuals/teams the day of the event.  Checks may be made payable to Cynthia’s Challenge.  For more information email: dbattles@danforthbay.com or call Dianne at (603) 539-2069 Ext. 25.

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5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Reaches Goal

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East Madison, NH (March 20, 2018)  - 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 info@purityspring.com.

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About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.

About King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort

King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations.

For Additional Information or High-Resolution Photos:

Alexandra Moore – Marketing Coordinator

acoakley@purityspring.com

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Cynthia's Challenge for Jacques

A collection of photos from Cynthia's Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon that began Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. with almost 300 participants skiing and snowboarding and an incredible number of volunteers supporting the fundraising event through Saturday, March 17 4 p.m. We are happy to share that everyone successfully achieved the set goal of raising $65,000. 

5th Annual Cynthia's Challenge For Jacques Villeneuve

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5TH ANNUAL CYNTHIA'S CHALLENGE 24-HOUR SKI-A-THON FOR JACQUES VILLENEUVE

Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a nine-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. He has also been diagnosed with Diplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy an intellectual disability which pose both physical and mental challenges. Jacques' parents have to physically lift him into their vehicle every time they plan on going anywhere and then have enough room for storage for his walking assistance devices. This year’s goal is to raise $65,000 to purchase Jacques’ family a wheelchair accessible van. 

Jacques is a naturally happy and motivated nine year old who loves spending time outdoors and speaking with everyone he meets. Jacques cannot walk long distances without taking many of rest breaks and is in need of a handicap van to become more independent. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Villeneuve family to get Jacques and his seven year old sister, Melanie, to their daily activities and appointments.

Now in its fifth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $181,000 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 and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van and the fourth year raised over $50,000 for Faith Holt with more than 250 skiers and snowboarders participating to purchase a wheel chair accessible van. 

Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community. Cynthia’s Challenge would not be possible without the generosity of major sponsors Atlas Fireworks, Bank of NH, Bolt Depot, Flatbread Company of North Conway, Granite State Adaptive, King Pine Ski Area, Mad Cow Screen Printing, Outdoor Escapes New Hampshire, Pepsi Co., Ride Away - MobilityWorks, Story Land, Thrivent Financial, Vertical Challenge and Yankee Smokehouse. 

For those that would like to contribute to this year’s Cynthia’s Challenge, online donations are welcome at https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/

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About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.

About King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort

King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations.

October 2, 2017 Charity Golf Tournament

Support Cynthia's Challenge at Indian Mound Golf Club in Center Ossipee, NH

  •    10:00 Shot Gun Start / $75 per golfer
  •    Scramble Format
  •    Cookout to follow
  •    Prizes and Raffle Items
  •    Closest to the Pin & Longest Drive Contests

Come join in the fun and help support a great cause!

Individuals and/or teams may pre-register at dbattles@danforthbay.com   Please bring completed entry form, along with payment for individuals/teams the day of the event.  Checks may be made payable to Cynthia’s Challenge.  

Entry Form (Downloadable PDF)


For more information email: dbattles@danforthbay.com or call Dianne at (603) 539-2069 Ext. 25.

Cynthia's Challenge Delivers Van To Faith

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, representatives from Cynthia's Challenge, including sponsors and supporters, organized a police and fire escort to deliver a handicap accessible van to Faith Holt and her family at a Crescent Lake School assembly in Wolfeboro, NH.

Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon that took place this past winter Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18 raised over $50,000 with more than 250 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar participating in the 24-hour fundraising event.

In its fourth year, Cynthia's Challenge has now raised over $180,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall and now one for Faith Holt, age 11, from Sanbornville, NH.

Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when Faith was six-years-old. Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to often wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility.

Faith is completely dependent on others to bring her to the places that she needs to go, school, doctors’ appointments, social events and her family was in need of the reliable, wheelchair accessible vehicle that was delivered.

4th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine Raises Over $50,000 

East Madison, NH (March 20, 2017)  - Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon that took place Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18 raised over $50,000 and is still accepting donations. Over 250 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar registered and participated in the 24-hour event.  Registration was $99 per person and included dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the event, a 24-hour lift ticket, a custom t-shirt and memories that will last a lifetime. 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 playing music and providing entertainment throughout the event.

In its fourth year, Cynthia's Challenge has now raised over $180,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall and now one to be purchased for Faith Holt, age 11, from Sanbornville, NH. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when Faith was six-years-old. Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is completely dependent on others to bring her to the places that she needs to go, school, doctors’ appointments, social events and her family was in need of a reliable, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

"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 Faith and for the Holt family to have a reliable, wheelchair accessible van.”

Saturday's lunch sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse and Thrivent Financial 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 $1,000 raised by their successful pizza fundraiser hosted the Wednesday prior to the event. Flatbread Pizza provided pizzas for Friday night’s dinner and Leavitt’s Bakery along with Big Dave’s Bagels provided breakfast carbs to keep going Saturday morning.

Cynthia's Challenge would like to recognize the following businesses for their support: Atlas Fireworks, Bank of New Hampshire, Bolt Depot, Flatbread Pizza, Hobbs Restaurant and Tavern, Mad Cow Screen Print, Ride-Away, Shendao Acupuncture, SnoCountry, Thrivent Financial, Varsity Beverage, 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: Big Dave's Bagels, Blue Bay Seafood and Steak, Bobby Sue’s Ice Cream, Boston Duck Tours, Boyle’s Family Market, Bradley’s Hardware, Cindy’s Place, Conway Scenic Railroad, Cormack Construction, Cranmore Mountain, Donna Cormier Massage Therapy, Eastern Mountain Sports, Eastern Slope Inn/Attitash Mountain Village, Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital, River’s Edge Tavern, Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Jake’s Seafood, J.P. Goodwin, Leavitt's Bakery, Monkey Trunks, New Deal General Store, North Country Animal Hospital, Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Poor People’s Pub, Portsmouth Chowder, R & R Woodworkers, Ski Works, Shaw’s, Ski NH, Ski Works, Somersworth Nissan, Story Land, Valley Originals, White Mountain Hotel and Resort and Windy Field Farms.

Tax deductible donations are still being accepted to help Cynthia’s Challenge reach the original $65,000 goal. 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 info@purityspring.com.

Cynthia's Challenge Announces Non-Profit Approval

East Madison, N.H. (February 27, 2017) — Cynthia’s Challenge has recently been approved by the State of New Hampshire and the Internal Revenue Service as an official non-profit 501(c)(3). Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to help ease the financial burden of children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with special medical needs. Cynthia’s Challenge is supported by King Pine Ski Area by hosting a 24 hour ski-a-thon with the support of local business and the community.

This year’s 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon will be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is $65,000 to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge has raised over $131,000 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.

For those that would like to contribute to this year’s Cynthia’s Challenge, online donations are welcome at https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/. For more information, please call Purity Spring Resort at (603) 367-8896 or email marketing@purityspring.com.

About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. The funds raised from the twenty-four hour ‘ski-a-thon’ will be used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.  Each year, Cynthia’s Challenge members will receive and review each Cynthia’s Challenge application and determine the future beneficiary(s) based on the applicant and their families hardships and needs.  Qualified recipients shall be afflicted by a physical, mental, or developmental disability that substantially impairs the performance of one or more daily life activities combined with a financial hardship and inability to afford medical products, treatment or assistance.  Once the beneficiary has been chosen, a fundraising goal is set to provide for specific needs (i.e., service dog, handicap accessible van).

About King Pine Ski Area

King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations, including Tohkomeupog – Camp for Boys , The Lodges Retreat Center at Tohkomeupog, Traditions Restaurant, The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, The Bluffs RV Resort (exclusively for adults), Purity Spring Resort and King Pine Ski Area.