At Cerini & Associates, we believe that to truly serve the non-profit sector; you need to give back to it also. As a result, we have a long history of supporting the nonprofit sector through donations of both time and money. We encourage all of our staff to get involved. One way we do this through the Cerini Challenge. The Cerini Challenge is a way that our staff can challenge themselves, their friends, and their families in raising money for the nonprofit sector. We encourage you to consider joining a challenge, donating to an existing challenge, or starting your own challenge … take it from us; it feels great on every level.

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2019 Cerini Challenge Part 4

My goal for this year was to climb 50 mountains over 4,000 feet this year. So far I have done the following:

  • 8 winter summits of 4,000-foot peaks in NY State
  • 9 Summer summits of 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire
  • 2 Summer summits of 4000-foot peaks in Vermont
  • 2 Summits of 4,000-foot peaks in Arizona
  • 3 Summits of 4,000-meter peaks in Switzerland (that equates to around 14,000 feet+ each)

This represents 48% of my goal of 50 peaks. You have responded by contributing approximately $4,356, which is nearly 44% of my $10,000 goal to support the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, which helps the more than 5 million people impacted by a Lymphatic disease in the US alone.

Alright, I see where this is going. You are waiting for the big push of mountains. Wait no longer … it’s time to get your donations in as over the next 2 weeks I will be adding another seventeen 4,000-foot mountains to my tally for the year and I will be adding another 9 in September to get to 50.

I am doing my part, now I need you to do yours. Please support me and LE&RN so I can reach my goal.

Based upon the donations to date, nobody wants me to sumo wrestle a bear or cover myself in honey and wander into bear country. I’m still willing to do that if you come through with a sizable donation. I’m even willing to go naked and ashamed (I know the show is “Naked and Afraid,” but trust me, in my case its ashamed) into the back country for the right price. I am putting myself out there for you, please do the same for LE&RN and all the people that are counting on you to make a difference … because at the end of the day it comes down to you, as I already proved I suck at this fundraising thing.

For those of you who have already donated, thank you and tell your friends to do the same. For those of you who haven’t … what are you waiting for? After all, it’s not really money, its just a charge on your plastic card (just ask my wife).

Thanks, and I look forward to your support,

Ken Cerini

2019 Cerini Challenge Part 3

So I am back from the Swiss Alps. While, for the most part the weather was amazing, we had one bad day in the Mountains that dropped over 2 feet of snow and created safety hazards. As a result, we had to change our plans. We ended up only being able to do three 4,000 meter peaks:

1.) The Weissmeis – 4,017 meters

2.) The Allalinhorn – 4,028 meters

3.) The Matterhorn – 4,478 meters

Even so, during my 10 days in Switzerland, I walked/climbed over 100 miles, picked up over 30,000 feet of elevation gain, and left a little bit of myself on the mountains (mostly skin from the scrapes and blisters).

I appreciate all of you who have donated to the Cerini Challenge, helping me reach 40% of my $10,000 goal. Unfortunately, I still have a long way to go. I know many of you are waiting for a near-death experience to jump in and make a contribution. Unfortunately, I don’t have one of them planned over the next few months, so I ask you to consider donating based upon what I have done and what I still plan to do over the next couple of months.

I thank you, as do the more than 5 million people impacted by Lymphatic disorders that benefit from your generosity. Please consider donating … if not for me, then for my wife, who has to constantly hear about how crappy I am at fundraising (she has threatened the near-death experience a few times).

If you would like to see more pictures from my trip, follow me on Instagram (@totalcerinity).

Appreciate it!

Ken Cerini

2019 Cerini Challenge Part 2

Thus far, I am about a quarter of the way to my goal of raising $10,000 for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, an organization that helps millions of people per year. So, I have raised less than 1/10th of a cent for each of the roughly 5 million people benefited by LE&RN’s efforts. I feel like such a failure.

Last week I went to New Hampshire for 5 days and hiked 9 mountains for a total distance of 55 miles and 18,000 feet of elevation gain. I braved hot humid weather, dive bombing vampire mosquitos, and long bursts of uphill climbs … however, no one apparently was impressed. So far this year I have 21 mountains over 4,000 feet completed towards my goal of 50 for the year.

Ken Cerini hiking

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, I leave for Zermatt Switzerland to climb 11 of the more significant mountains in the Swiss Alps including the Dufourspitze, the highest peak at 15,203 feet and the Matterhorn at 14,692.

August – We will be doing a four day, more than 50-mile hike in the Adirondacks where we will climbing ten mountains, including numerous slides. We will be overnighting it in bear country. For a $10,000 donation, I will cover my sleeping bag in honey … for $20,000 I will sumo wrestle one in a loin cloth. Hey guys, I will do whatever it takes, I really need your support. We will also be heading out west to either Colorado, Montana, Utah, or wherever I can go so that you will show me the money.

September – We will be heading back to NH to do the President’s range and other mountains to ensure I meet my goal of at least 50 mountains.

For every $500 over my goal of $10,000 I get, I will add another 4,000-foot mountain to my efforts. If you don’t like me, you can tell me to take a hike (wait, that’s what I’m doing).

If you won’t do it because you feel bad for me and my feelings of insecurity, please consider donating because LE&RN is such a great organization making a significant difference to people that really need the support and the hope for a cure.


Ken Cerini

2019 Cerini Challenge Part 1

Welcome to the 2019 version of the Cerini Challenge, a way to raise money for charitable endeavors while finding new and unique ways of kicking my butt, both mentally and physically. Last year I hiked/climbed 40 mountains over 4,000 feet including the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, all 14 peaks in Maine over 4,000 feet in 6 days, and several of the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. While that was challenging, I do not wish to rest on my accomplishments … after all there is so much more charitable work to be done, and my butt can use a whole lot more kicking (just ask my wife).

I will once again be supporting the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), a nonprofit organization established to fight lymphatic diseases and lymphedema through education, research, and advocacy. LE&RN seeks to accelerate the prevention, treatment, and cure of these diseases while bringing patients and medical professionals together to address the unmet needs surrounding lymphatic diseases. Through LE&RN sponsored research, scientists have been LE&RNing more about Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, and so many more of the medical issues that impact every one of us.

My goal for 2019 is to hike/climb at least 50 peaks over 4,000 feet, along with whatever other challenging things I can throw in to earn your donations. So far this year I have climbed ten peaks over 4,000 feet including the Grand Canyon and several winter ascents in the Adirondacks (so cold). In addition, I have climbed numerous frozen waterfalls and ice flows…

These were free, a sort of taste of what’s to come. Now I need your help. Last year I reached my $10,000 goal … this year I would like to shatter it. Without these donations, LE&RN can’t make a difference in the lives of the more than 5 million Americans that are relying on it.

My plans for most of the year are set:

  • June – 4,000-foot peaks in Vermont and Ireland and climbing some of the classic ocean cliffs in Ireland and Isle of Man (including Fairhead where Jon Snow pet his first dragon on Game of Thrones).
  • July – Climbing 11 of the more significant mountains in the Swiss Alps including the Dufourspitze, the highest peak at 15,203 feet and the Matterhorn at 14,692. In addition, we will be looking to tackle approximately 15 to 20 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire and New York, including the high peak in each state.
  • August – Heading to Colorado to climb another bunch of 14,000 footers. The exact itinerary will be established over the next month or two, but trust me, it will include rock climbing, harrowing razor-edge traverses, and repelling rock faces – the more awesome your support, the more awesome the itinerary.
  • September – Heading back to Maine, New Hampshire, and the Adirondacks to summit additional 4,000 footers.

If you would like to follow my adventures or see pictures of these trips, please follow me on Instagram @totalcerinity.

My efforts are nothing without your efforts; I get it … everyone you know is asking for your donations, and with the new tax law, are you really even going to get a deduction for the donation you make? Please understand, I am offering you more than a deduction, I am offering the opportunity of both making a difference in the lives of millions of people and helping to support my wife’s case that there’s something wrong with me.

Thank you for your continued support of my efforts to help worthwhile charities like LE&RN change lives every day.