September 17-18, 2021
Downtown Huntsville, AL
We are again taking our fundraising to new heights! Partnering with "Over the Edge", we are rappeling 160 feet down the Regions Center in downtown Huntsville. Want to go over with us? Check out the Over the Edge highlight video above for inspiration! With a commitment to contribute or raise $1,500, you can have this once-in-a-lifetime thrill and do something awesome that will impact thousands of youth living in foster care.
SEPTEMBER 17th • 4pm: VIP Street Party. Come out and cheer on your favorite VIP! Food Trucks will be on site!
SEPTEMBER 18th: The Saturday Over the Edge Huntsville event. Come out and cheer on your favorite rappeler!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
BE A RAPPELER-
Contribute or commit to raising a $1,500 by October 18th and you can rappel down the side of the Regions Center. Set up a fundraising page and look at our fundraising tool kit but it's actually easier than you think.
TEAM UP, RAPPEL DOWN-
Grab your fierce friends, family and co-workers, come up with a fun team name and go Over the Edge to support thousands of children living in foster care.
Afraid of heights? Consider this. Facing your fears in our fun and safe environment. Our kids are counting on YOU.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Carrie Marchese Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-880-3455 for more information on how your business can gain visibility to over 100 rappelers and how you can send your employees Over The Edge!
Minimum Age Requirement:
Anyone can participate in an Over The Edge event. People in their 80s and 90s rappel! The only restriction is that anyone under the age of 18 requires a parent or guardian signature on the legal waiver.
Over The Edge’s equipment safety standards require that people must be between 100 and 300 lbs in order to safely rappel.
Do I need to have experience to participate?
Not at all! I’ve included a document provided by Over The Edge on what to expect on event day! This document will tell you everything you need to know about the process from registration to the roof and back down again!
Number of rappel spots open:
How many Stories will you be rappelling:
October 18, 2021
What should I wear to the event?
Dress comfortably! Do not wear overly loose or baggy clothing, or clothing with long drawstrings. Wear soft-soled, close-toed shoes or sneakers.
Can I wear a costume?
Costumes are allowed but are subject to the same limitations as baggy clothing. Every attempt will be made to safely fit costumes around harnesses and helmets. As with shorts, it is ultimately the decision of the Site Safety Supervisor. Stringy, loose, or excessive costumes must be avoided. Head pieces that will not accommodate a helmet, obscure the vision, or are notably large or heavy will rarely be allowed.
Fundraising Tool Kit
Okay, despite the incredulous responses of family and friends, you’ve registered to go over the edge! You’re excited, you’ve circled the date on your calendar, you wish it was September. But wait. You also have to raise $1,500 (this IS a fundraiser supporting foster children.) And because you secure your rappelling spot only after you raise $1,500, it’s time to get started.
The number one reason people give money to ANY cause is because they are asked. For real. This is lesson #1 — you need to ask for donations. Lesson #2 is — the worst response you can get from someone you ask is “no.” You ask for a donation and someone says “no.” No big deal. Thank that person, say “have a great day” and move on. Because lesson #3 is — lots of people will say “yes.”
Four Steps to Successful Fundraising
Learn about our mission. Read “About Us” . Call us for a tour. We love it when people visit us. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and YouTube; and keep up with our activities. Once you understand our amazing mission and share it, you will discover that many people are happy to support children’s needs.
Get EXCITED! When people observe your enthusiasm for our mission and witness your excitement for this amazing experience, you will inspire their support!
Speak from the heart on your fundraising page. When you register for this event, you also create your fundraising page; be sure to tell people why you have taken on this challenge.
Step Four – Outline a fundraising plan, starting with our resources below.
Sample Donor Breakdown
Personal donation (donors appreciate when you’re a donor, too ) – $100
Employer match of your gift – $100
4 family members donate $100 each – $400
8 family members donate $50 each – $400
12 good friends donate $25 each – $300
5 acquaintances donate $20 each – $100
10 co-workers donate $10 each – $100
Add it up – you’ve raised – $1,500!
Be a Volunteer
Simply put, an event this size needs volunteer support! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page if you are interested in joining our Event Team. (NOTE – all volunteers must attend an informational meeting prior to July.)
Volunteer positions include:
Staging Area Escorts
Landing Zone Supporter
Ropes Volunteer – we need Ropes Volunteers with prior experience in areas such as rope safety systems, rock climbing instruction, industrial rope access, rappel training, etc. This position requires mandatory training prior to the event.
Want to volunteer? Submit this form: