Our Mission

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, Mad Cow Screen Printing, Vertical Challenge, Thrivent Financial, Yankee Smokehouse & Pepsi Co. 


About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a not-for-profit organization created to support children and their families faced with staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of special medical needs. Each year we host a 24 hour Ski-A-Thon to raise funds.  The funds raised from this event, and from various other community events, will be used to provide financial support to our beneficiary.  

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).

Joseph Ferreira, President
603-367-4084 or cynthiaschallengeorg@gmail.com


2020 Ski-A-Thon Application deadline November 1, 2019.

Once we receive the completed applications from nominees, we will review them and select a beneficiary of the upcoming event. We expect that the family of our 2020 beneficiary will work closely with us as we set our fundraising goals, create a promotional strategy for the event, and connect with the local community to make this a huge success!

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.  Email is the best way to contact us, or you can leave a message and a board member will return your call.  Please return the application to us by November 1, 2019.


What We've Achieved

Now in its sixth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $316,000 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 with more than 250 skiers and snowboarders to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

  • The fifth year raised $65,000 for Jacques Villeneuve with more than 300 skiers and snowboarders participating to purchase a handicap van.

  • The sixth year raised $65,000 after skiing and riding for 24 hours for Sylis Heck to purchase a handicap van.