Kirsten Cherry, the vice president of communications for Special Olympics Northern California, speaks about Saturday’s Over the Edge fundraiser. More than 100 people will rappel 38 stories from the rooftop of the Grand Hyatt at Union Square to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.
Why are you doing this? This is a very unique fundraiser. With the current economy, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to get people involved. This is an opportunity for us to introduce Special Olympics to a different audience and give them a chance to meet the athletes.
How will this benefit Special Olympics? We are hoping to raise $150,000 gross; each rapeller raised a minimum of $1,000. All funds will go directly to the athletes, allowing almost 14,000 to continue to receive free training and competition opportunities. This is a significant fundraiser for us, as it costs $500 to provide one athlete with three sports. Through this we can help so many athletes overcome their challenges.
Who’s involved? One of our athletes, Tony Massa, will be rappelling. We have all types of people participating: coaches, community members, parents of athletes, police chiefs, the general manager of the Grand Hyatt, media personalities from KTVU and KFOG, as well as Donna Sachet.