On Sat., Aug. 29, friends, family and supporters watched fundraisers go Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham. The downtown Akron event raised more than $75,000 for Hattie Larlham’s medical, residential, recreational and work training programs which support children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Each rappeller raised a minimum of $1,500 to descend 22 stories of the One Cascade Plaza building. Participants registered on overtheedge.hattielarlham.org and created a fundraising page. In the time leading up to the event, they asked family, friends and coworkers for donations via social media, e-mail and personal asks.
“I’m excited to be a part of this for the second year in a row,” said Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose. “First of all it’s a great time. This is an enjoyable event and most importantly it’s for a good cause. And if you’ve ever visited one of the Hattie Larlham facilities, which I’ve done several times, all you have to do is take a look in the eyes of the people they serve. That’s what Hattie Larlham is all about, making sure nobody in our community is left behind.”
This year’s rappellers included Judy and Don Herold, who participated in honor of their daughter Dana, and Christy Bowen who supported her brother Stephen. Dana and Stephen receive services from Hattie Larlham. Hattie Café & Gifts employee Melissa O. and Hattie’s Vending employee Mike L. and Hattie Larlham resident David H. also rappelled.
Sponsorship and partnership opportunities were available to Northeast Ohio companies. Organizations formed teams to go Over the Edge including Brouse McDowell, R.W. Baird, The Alpha Group and Truline Industries.
“This fits quite well with what our city is all about on a number of levels,” said Mayor of Akron Jeff Fucso. “One of which is attracting younger people – millennials – and having cool things for them to do. On another level, it’s that partnership with the state of Ohio senator, with the county, with the business community and with the nonprofits in delivering services.”
Both Mayor Fusco and Senator LaRose rappelled on Aug. 28 at the Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham V.I.P. event. Joining them were WKYC Channel 3 Anchor and Reporter Sara Shookman, WEWS NewsChannel5 Reporter Homa Bash, President and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby Joe Mazur, Sara Fusco-Oberhauser, Director of Operations for 91.3 The Summit Andrew James and Hattie Larlham Care Group Board Member and Over the Edge Chair Dan Glessner.
“It certainly takes a lot of courage for somebody to take the elevator to the top of the building and rappel down the side.” said Hattie Larlham Events Manager Wendy Voelker. “The people we serve show extraordinary courage everyday of their lives.”
Hattie Larlham collaborated with many organizations to make the event possible, including Cascade Plaza Associates, The City of Akron, The Akron Rubber Ducks, Akron Beacon Journal, Prism Video Group Inc., AA Sound & Lighting Inc., JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and Holiday Inn Akron West.
Hattie Larlham thanks the rappellers, donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, Hattie Larlham staff and Over the Edge USA for organizing a successful event.
Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham moves to Cleveland on July 1 and 2, 2016. For more information and to register, visit overtheedge.hattielarlham.org.
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