Des Moines , IA – The first group of thrill-seekers will go “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines. VIP Day will include several individuals fulfilling “bucket list” items as they rappel from the 345 ft. building.
VIP rappellers include Neil Berns from Sammons Financial Group, Pete Brownell from Brownells, Dave Mable with Iowa Momentum Endurance Sports Magazine, John Pilmer from 3E, Mike Richardson from Casey’s General Stores, Ryan Smith from KCCI, and Shawn T. from KGGO (among others).
“On Wednesday, September 17, we’ll have more than 80 individuals going Over the Edge for Special Olympics Iowa during this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said SOIA Chairman of the Board Gary Harms. “We are excited to have Iowa native and recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee Pat Miletich, join us for this year’s event.”
The adventure begins on the west side of the Financial Center, (666 Walnut, Des Moines) at 8 a.m., and continues throughout the day. This is the fifth year for SOIA’s signature fundraising event in Des Moines. All funds raised support year-round sports training and competition in more than 20 Olympic-style sports for over 12,000 children and adult athletes and Unified Sports partners across the state of Iowa.
Participants are asked to raise $1,000 to go Over the Edge. Special Olympics Iowa has also developed a program called “Toss Your Boss”, in which employees raise funds to send their supervisor off the building. Harms indicated that this opportunity has become increasingly popular. For more information or to register for the event, go to www.soiowa.org/overtheedge or call the Special Olympics office at 515-986-5520.
Corporate and media sponsorships are also available for the event and are keys to its success. Sponsors this year include Terrus Real Estate and a new sponsor Murphy Towers, an Iowa-based company specializing in the construction and repair of cell phone towers. New media sponsors for the event this year include Cumulus Des Moines and Register Media.
Through Special Olympics sports training and competition, children and adults with intellectual disabilities are provided with the opportunity to reach their potential, and experience inclusion in their schools and communities every day. Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties in Iowa.