East Madison, N.H. – Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Ski Area took place on January 9th and 10th. This event has raised over $34,000 to date towards the goal of $45,000 and donations are still rolling in! Proceeds from this event will benefit one of King Pine’s own, Samantha “Sammy” Gillard who suffers from Rett Syndrome. Sammy, 7 years old, is the daughter of Jenny and Geoff of Newton, MA and granddaughter of Tex Gillard, a long time ski patroller at King Pine Ski Area. The family has grown up on the slopes of King Pine.
133 skiers and snowboarders from all over New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and one who traveled all the way from West Des Moines, Iowa participated in this 24-hour event. Registration was $99 per person with ages 8 and under free and included dinner, breakfast and lunch, a 24 hour lift ticket, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event, as well as a customized t-shirt, games, chair massages and created memories that will last a lifetime.
Saturday’s lunch sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse and Thrivent Financial was a hit with pulled pork, burgers, sausage with peppers and onions and more. The Yankee Smokehouse in addition to lunch donated $800 toward the fund from the successful pizza fundraiser they ran Wednesday before the event. Flatbread Pizza provided pizza for dinner and the White Mountain Cupcakery added something sweet to the mix with their award winning cupcakes.
Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire put on a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night with support from the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge crew playing music and providing entertainment for 24 hours. “It was incredible show of support by the local community, but also from King Pine, whose ski patrol, lift operators and many additional employees volunteered 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 Sammy’s life with a wheelchair accessible van to help her live a happier, fuller and more comfortable life.”
Cynthia’s Challenge would like to also recognize the following businesses for their support: Atlas Fireworks, Bank of New Hampshire, Mad Cow Screen Print, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, Ride-Away, SnoCountry, Thrivent Financial and Yankee Smokehouse.
A special thanks to everyone that donated prizes and food to make this event a success:
A Second Glance, Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Big Dave’s Bagels, Blue Bay Seafood & Steaks, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Eastern Slope Inn & Attitash Mountain Village, Green Thumb Farms, Healing Frontiers, Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, Inn at Crystal Lake, Leavitt’s Bakery, Mt. Washington Auto Road, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – Kahuna Laguna, River’s Edge Grill and Tavern, Sap House Meadery, Silver Lake Massage Therapy, Ski Works, Snowvillage Inn, The Sound Resort, Story Land, Sunny Villa Restaurant.
The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Sammy. Rett syndrome is a rare and unique developmental disorder. As the syndrome progresses, most children lose purposeful use of their hands and the ability to speak. Other symptoms may include loss of motor skills, breathing and cardiac irregularities, seizures, digestive problems, scoliosis, and tremors. With a wheelchair accessible van, the Gillard family will be able to continue to travel together and will provide Samantha with a much happier, safer and fuller life.
Donations are still being accepted! Help King Pine reach $45,000 for Sammy! Online donations are welcome at https://www.kingpine.com/cynthiaschallenge and checks are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at (800) 373-3754 or email Aly Coakley, Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected].