Go Big and Go Over the Edge

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For 120 adventure-seekers, dropping 31-stories off the edge of the Sheraton Waikiki is an experience they won't soon forget. On Saturday, November 3, 2012 Special Olympics Hawai'i supporters are invited to participate in this year's fourth annual Over the Edge of Waikiki fundraiser to benefit local athletes.

"Special Olympics athletes face their fears and overcome challenges on a daily basis," said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai'i president and CEO. "Over the Edge is an opportunity for the community to show their solidarity by raising funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Hawai'i programs, and bravely rappelling down Waikiki's largest building -- the Sheraton Waikiki!"

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 Hawai'i by the day of the fundraiser. Participants must be at least 18 years of age by November 3, and weigh less than 300 pounds to participate.

Additionally, early registrants from now through October 15 will enjoy a fifty percent discount on their registration deposit (the deposit will go up to its regular price of $100 deposit after October 15). The deposit may be counted towards the $1,000 minimum goal or refunded once the minimum goal is reached. To sign up, participants can register online HERE.

"The most thrilling part about hosting Special Olympics Hawai'i Over the Edge fundraiser isn't watching dozens of people dangle down the side of our building, but the opportunity to meet Special Olympics' incredible 'ohana - from their supporters who are willing to take a leap of faith, to the athletes and their families who always embrace us with warmth and aloha," said Kelly Sanders, general manager for Sheraton Waikiki.

"Rappelling is addicting, or so it seems, as we have a large amount of rappellers returning for another dose of thrills this year," said Kyle Karioka, Special Olympics Hawai'i's development manger. "We have sold out in the past, so we encourage all aspiring rappellers to sign up and secure a spot as soon as possible. Especially with the discounted deposit rate, these spots are going fast."

Supporters looking for moral support can tap their social network and rappel as a group by signing up for Over the Edge's 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 has the highest fundraising total will also win a MinoHD High Definition video camera for each member, up to six cameras. All teams will also receive a discounted deposit at $25 per person for groups of three or more.

Channel808.tv will be live streaming from the drop zone at the Sheraton Waikiki all day on November 3. Supporters, family and friends who can't make it to Over the Edge the day of will be able to see all rappels in real time as well as view the recorded video that will be posted online after the event.

Centrally located along world-famous Waikiki Beach, the Sheraton Waikiki completed a $188 million renovation in 2011, 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 Waikiki 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 pupus at the new adult pool, which literally takes guests to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

All funds raised through Over the Edge of Waikiki will support Special Olympics Hawai'i's Holiday Classic, which is held every December at Joint-Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor and Kâne'ohe 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 Hawai'i's Over the Edge of Waikiki is conducted by Over the Edge, a North American-based company that specializes in creating unique fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Their staff includes fully-trained professionals who have conducted more than 100 events over the last five years without a single injury or incident.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawai'i, please contact 808-943-8808 or click HERE!

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