Over the Edge Fundraiser Raises $215,000 for Special Olympics North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C, (Oct. 24, 2012) – The unique and thrilling “Over the Edge” fundraiser for Special Olympics North Carolina held in Raleigh on Oct. 6 and Charlotte on Oct. 13 raised $215,000 for Special Olympics NC athletes; according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO Special Olympics North Carolina. Ninety-six area thrill seekers made a grand impact on thousands of people with intellectual disabilities when they rappelled over 32 stories of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center in Raleigh raising $145,000. In Charlotte, 60 rappellers dared to scale The VUE-Charlotte on 5th raising $70,000.

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 show that people with intellectual disabilities can have a far greater impact on our communities than many believe.”

Special thanks to Over the Edge Raleigh sponsors: Cafe Carolina and Bakery, A Small Miracle Inc., RPG Solutions, Spectrum Properties, LORD Corporation, Sport Clips, Carolina Rollergirls, and Shoreline Productions.

In Charlotte, thanks to event sponsors Cafe Carolina & Bakery, Choate Construction, Sport Clips, Northwood Ravin, Adams Outdoor Advertising, The VUE-Charlotte on 5th, and Shoreline Productions.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 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 Olympic-type 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.

Over the Edge Fundraiser Raises $215,000 for Special Olympics North Carolina