Over The Edge Success!
Over the Edge NWCT
Raises over $76,000 for Three Regional Nonprofits
Fifty-two people rappelled 111 feet down Torrington Towers on Saturday, September 16, in support of the three partnering non-profits - Prime Time House, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation. The event raised over $76,000 from the efforts of each of those who rappelled, or “Edged” for the three non-profit beneficiaries, which will share in the proceeds equally.
The event was made possible thanks to the support of the Torrington Housing Authority, Sharon Hospital HealthQuest, PAC Group LLC, O&G, Crystal Rock Water, Litchfield Distillery, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, as well as media sponsors Republican American, FM 97.3 WZBG, CT Art Services and Giordano Signs. Because of the generosity of the event sponsors, more than 90% of the funds raised will be shared equally between the three partnering nonprofits.
The funds raised will help to narrow financial gaps at a critical time for the three regional nonprofits. Each organization provides valued services throughout the county.
“For the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, these funds will support important free promotion services for artists and cultural treasures in the region, and keep the constant flow of information open and accessible to all. This funding will allow us to be responsive to the region’s needs and strategic in our role as the “go to” source for both the cultural community and the culture-curious public,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.
Lisa Lynch, director of Prime Time House explained, “the funds raised will keep critical counselling and support services accessible to those struggling with mental illness in the area.”
JoAnn Ryan, president and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber’s Education Foundation , said, “there is a huge need for scholarships to both begin an undergraduate education and continuing education, and this funding will have a major impact on the Chamber’s ability to provide these resources.”
Forty-eight “edgers” were very busy fundraising to reach their goals to rappel. They succeeded in attracting over 550 donors. JoAnn Ryan said, “it is the effort of the 48 edgers who garnered the support of those 550 donors that made this wonderful result possible. Many of those same “edgers” are looking forward to doing this event again next year, which we hope will be possible.”
“We couldn’t have wished for a better rappel site or weather,” explained Lisa Lynch. “The Torrington Housing Authority was extremely supportive from the very beginning and throughout the preparation and the event day. So many people in the crowd commented on how lovely the grounds at the Towers are along the river. Plus, we absolutely loved having the building’s residents come out to join the crowd of spectators cheering on those who were rappelling.”
Since 2008, Over the Edge Global has helped non-profits raise more than $55 million and put 25,000 fundraisers safely ‘over the edge’. Individuals must raise a minimum of $1,000 for the partnering non-profits to secure their rappelling position. To register or learn more, visit https://otecwe.com/nwct/.