Team members from the Blue Cross Blue Shield team step out in style as pictured here at the 2017 Curling Challenge.

Cairns Arena Hosts Howard Center’s Curling Challenge

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Thursday March 01, 2018

Now in its ninth and final year, Howard Center’s Curling Challenge on Saturday, March 10, will feature 32 teams of four taking to the ice to curl and raise money for activities which will benefit Howard Center clients. The day-long event begins with the first teams taking to the ice at Cairns Arena at 8:00 a.m. and ends with the final teams starting at 4:00 p.m. Inspired by the U.S. Curling Team at the Olympics? Then stop in to watch and cheer on local teams as they compete throughout the day.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Dinse Knapp McAndrew, and Price Chopper, who were also some of the original sponsors when the event was created in 2010. Other long-time sponsors and supporters include the South Burlington businesses DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington (formerly the Sheraton), Geri Reilly Real Estate, Hallam-ICS, the Law Offices of Fred Peet, McSoley McCoy & Co., Tech Group, Tech Vault, and the University Mall. In addition, numerous other businesses contribute to the event’s success by entering teams.
The Green Mountain Curling Club, with assistance from the Rutland Rocks Curling Club, provides instruction and equipment for all participants, and teams compete throughout the day at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. In addition to competing on the ice, teams vie for other prizes—best team name, best costume, and best team spirit, as well as top fundraising prizes.

Money raised from the event will support some of the essential Howard Center programs that help individuals and families in our community, including 24/7/365 crisis services, residential programs, specialized schools, mentoring programs, street outreach, and substance use treatment and recovery.

The event is free and open to the public. Although registration is now closed, it is still possible to make a general donation or a contribution to your favorite team. For more information or to make a contribution today, visit,