Fort Myers, FL, August 14, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Eighty people can check rappelling down 17 stories off their bucket lists this fall. The fundraiser, benefiting The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, will take place Friday, October 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,200 to support The Heights Center’s School Success program for at risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
“Over The Edge gives participants the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community in exchange for the experience of a lifetime,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average. The goal of our School Success program is to ensure our kids have the necessary support and tools to succeed in school.”
The first 80 individuals who raise a minimum of $1,200 have the opportunity to rappel down The Hyatt. Participants can form teams with co-workers, friends or family, or combine efforts and “Toss their Boss” Over The Edge. The fundraising minimum can be raised through any combination of donations. Online pages are available for registration to ensure safe and secure transactions.
Sponsorships that include VIP benefits including preferred spots to go Over The Edge and admission to the Friday night VIP “Altitude Adjustment Party” are also available.
Local celebrities and media personalities will rappel on Friday, October 23 and the main event will take place on Saturday, October 24. Spectators are invited. The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is located at 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs.
For sponsorship information, to register or to donate to a rappeller, visit www.heights-overtheedge.com or call (239) 482-7706.
About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.