Sioux City, Iowa - This year's Over the Edge event in Sioux City was the first for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. According to their webpage, this year's event raised $64,479 out of their $90,000 goal. While they didn't quite make their goal, everything raised will still make a big impact for the organization.
"First things first, am I styling in this helmet or what?" says Tim Seamen
Ninety spots to fill, close to seventy brave individuals answered the challenge raising a thousand dollars before June 14th.
"Oh my gosh. I did good until I lost the building. You know, your tippy toes. It's not like Tom Cruise, it's nothing like Tom Cruise, trust me." says Candice Nash, 105.7 morning show host.
With an added twist to this experience of a lifetime, organizations could also choose to "Toss Your Boss" by raising at least a thousand dollars to solidify a spot for your boss to go over the edge.
"We had a competition at work and three of us got to volunteer...and here we are," says Nate Peters, Planet Controller at Wells.
Of course this crazy fundraiser goes to a worthy cause. All funds raised goes to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland to help children in need.
"With this agency we are able to make a difference in young kids lives and give them the mentors they need," says Aaron Dominowski, Board Chair of BBBS.
ABC9's Tim Seamen was one of the brave participants in the Over the Edge event.
"I mean I can't say that I haven't played the scenario over in my head eight or nine times what it's going to be like and I'm really looking forward to that experience but I'm not overly concerned at all. It should be a good time," says Tim Seamen.
The day of the event, participants come in early to get a full run down of do's, don'ts and how-to's before they descend the twelve stories of the Howard Johnson building. Even with practice, some were still caught off guard.
"It was really a lot scarier than I thought it would be. You know, I thought it'd be pretty simple but once you get up on that ledge and look over and it's very unnatural when you swing your legs over the edge of a building," says Keith Radig, city council member.
Congrats to all fundraisers in the Over the Edge event and congrats on a successful descent Tim Seamen.
While you may have missed your opportunity to rappel down the Howard Johnson with these adventurous fundraisers, you can still work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland and mentor one of the kids. There are over thirty still on the agency's waiting list. Some kids have been on the list for over a year.
If you'd like to check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland website, CLICK HERE.
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