Raleigh, NC — The unique and thrilling “Over the Edge” fundraiser for Special Olympics North Carolina held in Raleigh on Oct. 4 and Charlotte on Sept. 27 raised $260, 000 for Special Olympics NC athletes; according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO Special Olympics North Carolina. A record 180 area thrill seekers made a grand impact on thousands of people with intellectual disabilities when they rappelled 30stories of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center in Raleigh and raised $215,000. In Charlotte, 55 rappellers dared to descend down the side of the Fifth Third Center and raised $45,000.
All rappellers each raised a minimum of $1,000 for the opportunity to go Over the Edge.
“The Over the Edge event was a great success with so many people willing to rappel down in both cities,” said Fishburne. “Special Olympics North Carolina is very appreciative to all the rappellers and sponsors for the funds they raised to support our mission, which allows us to empower people with intellectual disabilities by giving them the opportunity to believe in themselves and succeed on the sports field.”
The top individual fundraiser was Geoff Griffin of Raleigh who raised over $11,000 for Special Olympics NC with his Over the Edge experience in Raleigh. The top corporate fundraiser was Cafe Carolina & Bakery which raised $32,092 in its Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill stores through a month long cookie promotion benefitting Special Olympics NC.
Special thanks to Over the Edge Raleigh sponsors: Cafe Carolina & Bakery, Sport Clips, Spectrum Properties, WRAL, WRAL.com, RPG Solutions, Relias Learning, HWM Office Environments Inc., Triangle Rock Club, and Picasso Pawn.
In Charlotte, thanks to event sponsors Sport Clips, WJZY FOX 46, CBS Radio Charlotte (K104.7, Kiss 95.1, WFNZ –The Fan, 103.7WSOC, CBS Sports1660, Power 98WEPG, V101.9WBAV), and Cousins Properties.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers yearround sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympictype competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. It is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world in terms of registered athletes. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.
About Over the Edge
Over the Edge is a special events company that provides signature events for nonprofit organizations throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe and Australia. Participants are invited to raise funds for a nonprofit in exchange for the onceinalifetime experience of rappelling over the edge of a local building. Visit Over the Edge at http://overtheedgeusa.com/.