CALLING ALL THRILL-SEEKERS; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR ‘OVER THE EDGE’ RAPPELLING FUNDRAISER
Proceeds will support education and healthcare services for children in the Charlotte community.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2018) – Registration is now open for “Over the Edge,” a unique fundraising event which allows thrill-seekers to rappel 10 stories down the Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown on Sept. 25-26, motivated by benefiting education and healthcare services to children in the Charlotte area through Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation.
This Over the Edge event follows a similar, highly successful fundraiser held by The NASCAR Foundation last fall at NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty was on-hand at a press conference launching the event to announce that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. will participate. Other NASCAR industry VIPs who have signed on to rappel include Vice Chairperson of NASCAR and ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher, NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley and The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome the Over the Edge event to our community with dynamic partners like NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation. Not only will this allow our participants to have an experience of a lifetime, but it will support the work of two foundations that are equally focused on enriching the lives of young people in need across our region,” said NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley.
“Our Over the Edge Event in Daytona was well-supported by the community and we have no doubt that this Charlotte event will be even better,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Obviously, this is no ordinary fundraiser and it really has to be seen to be believed. This will be fun, exciting and produce a fantastic end result for The NASCAR Foundation and the Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation.”
The event will open with a media day on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with media members and VIPs invited to rappel. Individual rappelling will follow on Wednesday, Sept. 26. All activities are coordinated by the Nova Scotia-based Over the Edge organization which operates rappelling events throughout the United States.
“We are ecstatic to be a part of this amazing event that supports education and healthcare services for children in our community. We appreciate all that NASCAR does for our communities,” said BPR Properties President Birju Patel.
The first 130 fundraisers to raise $1,000 will earn their spot to go Over the Edge. Employees of area businesses can also raise funds to “Toss the Boss” – one of many sponsorship categories. Underwriting opportunities and corporate sponsorships are also available.
DARRELL WALLACE JR.
Driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Camaro ZL1
“This is such a cool way to be able to make a difference for the kids in our community. I can honestly say this is the only time that I have been asked to rappel down a building, and I’m definitely excited about it. As NASCAR drivers, we have the opportunity to do some pretty unique and different events – ones like this where we are able to help two foundations that make an impact on so many people are pretty special.”
Driver of the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Camaro ZL1
“I’m really excited to be able to participate in the Over The Edge fundraiser this year. To be able to do something fun that also raises awareness for a great cause with the Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation is really a win-win for everyone. This will also fuel my competitive nature to raise more money than some of my counterparts before we go over the edge!”