Rappellers to Go “Over The Edge” to Support The Heights Foundation

vm161113heights-0141Eighty people can check rappelling down 19 stories off their bucket lists this fall. The fundraiser, benefiting The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. 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.”

vm161113heights-0073The first 80 individuals who raise a minimum of $1,200 have the opportunity to rappel down The Westin. 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 inclusion in event marketing are available.

img_0608Local celebrities and media personalities will rappel on Saturday, October 21 and the main event will take place on Sunday, October 22. Spectators are invited. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is located at 5951 Silver King Boulevard in Cape Coral. Standing 19 stories tall, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina.

For sponsorship information, to register or to donate to a rappeller, visit www.heights-overtheedge.com.

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.