5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge Is Biggest One Yet

All four past recipients of Cynthia’s Challenge join the newest recipient Jacques Villeneuve for a photo op during the 5th annual Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine Purity Springs Resort ~ Courtesy Photo


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.


Night skiers enjoy a fireworks show during the 5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Purity Spring Resort ~ Courtesy Photo.

“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.



Story Contributed by:

Alexandra Moore – Marketing Coordinator


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