"Over the Edge" to benefit Special Olympics Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The public is invited to participate in a thrill-seeking fundraiser this Saturday at the Waikiki Sheraton to benefit Special Olympics Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now Web Reporter Sarah Yoro is participating in the 3rd Annual Over The Edge fundraiser where she'll rappel the 31-story Sheraton Waikiki.

She's joined by Over The Edge President and CEO Paul Griffith and Dan Epstein of Special Olympics Hawaii.

Over the Edge

  • Saturday at Sheraton Waikiki
  • $1,000 per rappel
  • Benefits Special Olympics Hawaii

Supporters have high expectations for this year's Over the Edge of Waikiki fundraiser at the Sheraton Waikîkî,  Nov. 5.

One hundred and twenty thrill-seekers are invited to rappel down the 31-story Sheraton Waikiki, November 5, 2011 at Special Olympics Hawaii's  third annual Over the Edge of Waikîkî for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Hawaii.

"The Over the Edge of Waikîkî event is an instrumental in helping our organization raise the funds necessary to provide free sports training and competition opportunities to our local athletes with intellectual disabilities - especially during these difficult economic times," said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawaii president and CEO.

"Over the Edge offers an unparalleled, unobstructed view of Waikîkî and the Pacific Ocean - all for a great cause," Bottelo added.

Rappel spots will be reserved exclusively for individuals or groups that commit to raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations per rappel to benefit Special Olympics Hawaii by the day of the fundraiser. Participants must be at least 18 years of age by November 5, and weigh less than 300 pounds to participate. To sign up, participants can register online at www.specialolympicshawaii.org.

"We are excited to welcome back Special Olympics Hawaii and all of the Over the Edge participants to the Sheraton Waikîkî," said Kelly Sanders, general manager for Sheraton Waikîkî. "We are proud to be a once again be a partner with an organization that does so much great work for Hawaii's families."

This year, participants who raise more than $1,000 will be eligible for exciting incentive prizes. Rappellers who raise $1,500 or more will receive a $50 Sheraton Waikîkî gift card. Those who raise $2,000 or more in donations will receive a one night stay at the Sheraton Waikîkî the night of the event, based on availability.

"We had a number of returning participants from last year and strongly encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible to secure their spot, since space is extremely limited," said Kyle Karioka, Special Olympics Hawaii's development manger.

Supporters looking for moral support can tap their social network and rappel as a group by signing up for Over the Edge's new Team Extreme. Team leaders who recruit at least two team members enjoy exclusive offers like a reduced registration deposit, customized "Team Extreme" T-shirts with the team's name, and more. The team that raises the highest fundraising total will also win a MinoHD High Definition video camera for each member, up to six cameras.

Centrally located along the stretch of world renowned Waikîkî Beach, the Sheraton Waikîkî recently completed a $187 million renovation, which encompassed most of the hotel's facilities, including new rooms and suites, redesigned common areas, as well as the addition of exciting new food and beverage venues. These hotel-wide enhancements create a modernized approach to classic island hospitality. The Edge of Waikîkî embodies these elements with signature drinks and revamped brews with a twist mixed up by Sheraton Waikiki's "cocktail engineers." Guests can sip these refreshments and dine on delectable pupu's at the new adult pool, which literally takes guests to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

All funds raised through Over the Edge of Waikîkî will support Special Olympics Hawaii's Holiday Classic, which is held every December at Joint-Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, and allows athletes from around the state to compete in basketball, singles, double and Unified® team bowling, as well as traditional and Unified® doubles bocce ball.

Special Olympics Hawaii's Over the Edge of Waikîkî is conducted by Over the Edge, a U.S.-based company that specializes in creating unique fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Their staff includes fully-trained professionals who have conducted more than 40 events over the last four years without a single injury or incident.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawaii, please contact 808-943-8808 or visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org/. Also, follow Special Olympics Hawaii on twitter, @sohawaii and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii for updates on the event.

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