- 28 September 2010 | Kiteboarding
Challenge to Triumph and KB4girls joined forces to create Dream Extreme, a unique fundraising event taking part this past weekend in the Hamptons/NY.
Raising funds for STEPS and The Retreat, two local programs that work to supply shelter and help for victims of domestic violence, the event managed to raise well over $125,000 through donation packages and the personal fundraising pages of the participating women.
"It has been the first time that a big fundraising event was created around a KB4girls event and it has been an amazing experience for me. Being able to not only empower women in the sport but also help many others in need through the event means so much to me and it has been a real honor for me to be part of Dream Extreme" says Kristin Boese, founder of KB4girls and co-founder of Dream Extreme
Linda Argila at Challenge to Triumph, co-founder of Dream Extreme says: "This event has really been a Challenge to Triumph for me. It had amazing people coming together to create something extremely unique and inspiring. Dream Extreme really changed peoples lives and was a triumph for everyone including myself."
Unique about the KB4girls clinic here in NY was also that girls whom had never kited before were introduced to the sport in an intense 2 day course. Taking a lot more organization, manpower and infrastructure this presented a new challenge that was overcome very successfully. In a one instructor / two student ratio the beginner girls were taught everything from safety and the kitesurf basics to the actual first steps on the board.
The wind and weather conditions could not have been better for the event and were proverbially "dream like". Blue skies and 15-20 mph winds presented the perfect learning conditions for the 18 beginner girls but also the 10 advanced girls who were training to improve their skills.
On Saturday evening the event included a dinner and dance party as well as a silent auction at the Four Seasons Southampton, which brought together all the volunteers and benefactors. Bonnie Pfeifer Evans was honored with an award for her extraordinary commitment and stressed the importance of helping those victims of domestic violence who are abused and neglected in her inspiring speech.
While being an amazing force and support behind Dream Extreme Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, former professional windsurfer and super model enjoyed the challenge of taking on the sport of kiteboarding. And so did 2 women from the two programs the event raised funds for; Lucia Rivieccio from STEPS and Nicole Behrens from The Retreat, whom were among the 26 other incredible women from the New York area that felt very empowered by the energy of the event and kiteboarding itself.
Laurel Eastman of LEK Kiteboarding and Bonnies kiteboarding coach at Dream Extreme says: "Having the opportunity to teach supermodel and professional windsurfer Bonnie Evans was both enjoyable and inspiring. Her dedication to sports and philanthropy has made her into one of my favorite role models. The event in general has been one of the best events I have ever seen in kiteboarding. It brings it to the next level and I will be back for it next year for sure."