8th Annual Big Z Challenge
The 8th Annual Big Z Challenge was held on February 25, 2019 at Elliot River’s Edge in Manchester, NH. We raised $27,500 for the new $29M Elliot Regional Cancer Center through the Mary & John Elliot Foundation. This brings the total raised by the Big Z Challenge to over $150,000! The “All About Hockey” themed event featured our favorite NHL Bruin, Zdeno Chara. The event brought approximately 150 young hockey fans and their families together with the Bruins legend for a fun afternoon of hockey related challenges. SNHU Penmen joined the fun this year to help make the entire event even more memorable. The children chanted “Chara! Chara! Chara!” as the 6’9 hockey legend appeared at the entrance. He smiled at his fans and gave high-5’s as he funneled through an aisle leading to the street hockey challenge. The 2009 AAA Jr. Monarchs and the U12 Select Team were honorary guests and had the opportunity to play street hockey with the Big Z and win prizes such as Bruins game tickets, NHL Bruins pucks, signed hats, and photos.
We humbly thank our sponsors; The Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics, Northeast Delta Dental, Manchester Oral Surgery, Ken & Susan Foote, The Gibeault Family Charitable Trust, NHOMS, The Manchester Monarchs, Primary Bank, Risk Strategies-Phil Grisafi, and Tziros Endodontics.
5th Annual Big Z Challenge
The 5th annual Big Z Challenge took place in October of 2015 and funded much needed clinical improvements for Elliot Health System pediatrics, which treats over 3,000 young patients admitted to the hospital annually. The sold-out Rodeo themed event gave a group of Bruins fans the chance to spend quality time with Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, playing games, enjoying entertainment, and various prizes and giveaways. Chara participated in an air-hockey game challenge with fans in attendance. During the event, Chara signed autographs, took photos, and even wanted to stay a little longer than scheduled to let more young fans play some games with him as well. The event space was transformed into a Rodeo, complete with cowboy boots, cowboy/girl hats, burlap table cloths, cow spotted balloons, bales of hay, and fun traditional games like froggy fling, land on the color, coke bottle toss as well as face painting. Families enjoyed all the elements of the Rodeo along with Chara, who relishes the opportunity to spend time with his fans in this exclusive, intimate annual charity event atmosphere. The uniqueness of this event has certainly caught the attention of the local community, being that it is the only annual charity event with a current Boston Bruins player that is held outside of the Boston area, making it a magnet for southern, NH sports fans.