Local celebrities will go Over The Edge for The Heights Foundation on Saturday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. The rappelling fundraiser, benefiting The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, will support The Heights Center’s School Success program for at risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. On Sunday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., 80 individuals who have raised a minimum of $1,500 each will have the opportunity to rappel. The event is free for spectators and open to the public.
Celebrity rappellers include:
• Honorary Chairs, Dede D’Arcy and Ron Agypt, top fundraisers from 2015 Over The Edge event
• Gina Birch, Award-Winning Radio & TV Personality
• Peter Busch, NBC-2 Anchor
• Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Florida House of Representatives
• Jason Gunter, Ironman
• Jeff Harvey, American Ninja Warrior competitor
• Cindy McCurry-Ross, Executive Editor of The News-Press and news-press.com and regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA
• Major Kathy Rairden, Lee County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Commander
• Nicholas Schmidt, Owner/Operator, Old Soul Brewing, U.S. Army Veteran, Afghanistan and Iraq
“In recognition of Veterans Day, our first celebrity to rappel will be Nicholas Schmidt, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “We thank and honor Nick and all who have served honorably in the military.”
“I think of our community as paradise and I support organizations that are committed to ensuring the highest possible quality of life for all of our neighbors,” said Cindy McCurry-Ross, executive editor of The News-Press and news-press.com and regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA. “With that in mind, I am raising money for The Heights Foundation by rappelling down the Westin Cape Coral Marina Resort.”
“I’m raising money for this amazing organization that helps disadvantaged kids and families, said Gina Birch, award-winning radio and TV personality. “Come out on November 12th and cheer us on or raise funds so you can rappel. Your donations help kids in our community, giving us all a little more hope for the future.”
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is located at 5951 Silver King Boulevard in Cape Coral.
For more information about the Over The Edge Rappelling event, to donate to a rappeller or learn about sponsorship opportunities, 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.