Rappellers step up for people with disabilities and strap in to go Over the Edge in Cleveland

(TWINSBURG, Ohio) Feb. 1, 2016 – This Fourth of July weekend, thrill seekers experience Cleveland from a new perspective. The first 100 people to raise $1,500 for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will rappel the Westin Cleveland Downtown at Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham.

“Cleveland will be on the world stage this July,” said Dennis Allen, Hattie Larlham CEO. “We are thrilled to be downtown during this exciting time. The real thrill will belong to the Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham rappellers. They’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime rush atop the Westin Cleveland Downtown with breathtaking views of Cleveland. And they’ll make a positive impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities.”

The event, previously held in Akron, raised more than $225,000 in 2014 and 2015. Hattie Larlham brings the fundraiser to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World Saturday, July 2.

To go Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham, people can register at where they can create a personal fundraising page to share their stories and photos. Coworkers and other groups can form teams to fundraise together or compete against each other. Registrants have access to online resources and coaching messages to aid their fundraising.

Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that creates comfort, joy and achievement for more than 1,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio. All proceeds from Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham support the people with disabilities the organization serves.

To sponsor Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham, contact Tonnie Alliance at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3069. For additional event support, call Wendy Voelker at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3087.

The Westin Cleveland Downtown is located at 777 Saint Clair Ave. N.E., Cleveland, Ohio. From the hotel's roof, Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham rappellers will rappel 220 feet down the hotel’s east side to the courtyard below.


Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to 1,800 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham inspires people with disabilities and their families to dream and achieve through the medical, residential, vocational and recreational services the organization offers. For more information, visit


A contemporary hotel with a classic vibe and sweeping views of Lake Erie, The Westin Cleveland Downtown is located in the financial district, just steps away from the city’s most popular attractions, including the Brown's Stadium, the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. For over two years, the hotel underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations lead by the Design/Build team of Marous Brothers Construction and reopened in the spring of 2014. The 484-room hotel offers luxurious guest rooms all fully equipped with Westin's signature Heavenly in-room amenities, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi and an on-site Starbucks. The hotel’s 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space can be divided into up to 20 separate rooms, including a 9,000 square foot Grand Ballroom. To learn more about the Westin Cleveland Downtown, visit


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Tania Santos
External Communications Officer
Hattie Larlham
330-274-2272, ext. 3049


Scott Juba 
Radar Public Relations & Consulting