If you are in downtown Nashville on
Friday, April 20, you may see some individuals dangling from the top of 291
feet at the Bank of America Plaza. Not
to worry, they are participating in Over the Edge Nashville, a fundraising
campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and they are perfectly safe.
This is the third year for Big Brothers
Big Sisters to hold the urban rappelling fund-raising event, and the first year
to be scaling Bank of America Plaza.
Spectators, supporters, and any participants who might lose their nerve will be
on the plaza grounds below for a fun “Drop Zone Party” at the adjacent Patio
315 of the Doubletree Hotel from 10 am to 4 pm with a live deejay announcing the
individuals coming down, and there will be several booths for folks to check
Participants, called ‘Edgers’ by event
standards, are of any age, and as long as they weigh between 100-300 pounds, and
have successfully fund-raised a minimum of $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters,
they can rappel. There is no previous
climbing or rappel experience required.
“We have a
lot of supporters who enjoy a challenge, and several that have some ‘bucket
list’ items involving heights,” commented Carlyle Carroll, CEO of Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. He
continued, “Over the Edge allows us to offer a very unique fund-raising option
for this area that helps young people reach their goals in life, just as our
participants reach new heights as well.”
“There are a
lot of volunteers joining us on event day to make sure everything runs smoothly
for our Edgers,” commented Carroll. “We
are so grateful for their assistance, especially this month during National
Nashville event is being conducted by Over the Edge USA, a national touring
fundraising event company. They have
been in operation for 20 years and conducted 500 events across the country for
various nonprofit organizations.
For more information on this event, visit www.overtheedgenashville.com or call (615) 522-5659.