To new heights: Over the Edge to resume at Merrill Hotel

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In 2018 and 2019, Over the Edge brought Muscatine one of the “loftiest” fundraisers it had ever seen, with local residents raising money for several organizations and getting the chance to rappel down the side of a building if they met their fundraising goal of raising $1,000. After two years of warm receptions, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Special Olympics of Muscatine County planned to host Over the Edge again in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic halted their plans, and the organizations started working with Over the Edge and potential host sites to reschedule the event to 2021. Thanks to their efforts Over the Edge will return to Muscatine Sept. 24, this time in a new location at the Merrill Hotel.

A fundraiser for both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Special Olympics, Over the Edge will once again help these programs provide much needed services for county residents. Specifically, the money raised will help Big Brothers Big Sisters continue to recruit adult mentors, or Bigs. With the number of applicants dropping during the height of the pandemic, Director Lindsey Phillips considers finding more matches more important than ever. Special Olympics will use their funds to continue providing sporting events and practice opportunities for their athletes, who have only recently returned to local competition due to stringent COVID-19 mitigation measures.

In the past, Over the Edge has raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for each agency. This year, Phillips hopes to collect at least that much money for each agency again, and to get as many people going Over the Edge as feasible.

Registration for Over the Edge will continue through September, but Phillips would like to get as many registrations submitted by Sept. 1 as possible to help organizers plan for the event. If you would like to go Over the Edge yourself, you may register and pay your $75 registration fee (which counts towards your $1,000 fundraising goal) online via Over the Edge’s website.

In about a month’s time, Muscatine County residents will muster the courage to rappel down the Merrill, supporting two good causes in the process. As Over the Edge approaches, Phillips hopes to see you there too. “Any one that has gone Over the Edge has had a positive experience,” she shared. “We love hearing everyone’s story, whether they are doing it for a specific connection to our causes or to face their own fears.”