WHO WANTS TO JOIN US FOR THE BEST ROOFTOP PARTY IN NEPA?
As part of the national celebration of NeighborWorks Week 2016, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania sent almost 50 adventurers over the edge of the tallest building in Scranton, the Bank Towers Building at 321 Spruce St., on June 10 and 11.
Mother Nature cooperated to deliver two perfect days that left rappellers and onlookers buzzing about the challenge they’d just taken on or the ground-level excitement they’d just witnessed. We had so much fun – and were able to do so much good in the community with the money we raised – that we’re doing this all over again! That’s right, friends, on June 3, 2017, you’ll once again see ordinary people rappelling 146 feet from the roof of Bank Towers in Scranton! (That’s Scranton’s tallest building, in case you didn’t know.)
In 2017, NWNEPA is once again teaming up with Over The Edge USA, a national event company that works with nonprofit organizations, and presenting sponsor Gibbons Ford to bring a grand rappelling adventure to Scranton. Rappellers will raise a minimum of $1,000 for the cause by promising to take the 146-foot leap in return for donations from their individual networks.
Our 2016 fundraiser was a tremendous success, one NeighborWorks NEPA cannot wait to repeat. The first time around, thirty-eight registered rappellers raised a total of $49,814 by creating a profile on www.crowdrise.com/neighborworksnepa and asking for support from within their personal networks. Corporate and organizational sponsors contributed another $17,175, bringing the fundraising total to $66,989.
Comments received from rappellers were all positive.
“This was a fantastic event. So happy to have been a part of it,” Theresa Curto Collins of Community Bank, N.A., said. “Looking forward to OTE 2017!”
Local author and teacher Barb Taylor and Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP partner Tim Maloney shared similar sentiments on social media. “Can’t believe how much fun this was,” Taylor wrote. “Can’t wait to do this again next year,” Maloney wrote.
Derick Reinhart, the Over The Edge safety manager for the NWNEPA event, also had high praise for the event, writing on NWNEPA’s Facebook page that this was “one of THE best events and nonprofits I have worked for in many years.”
Spectators at the main event enjoyed breakfast and lunch selections from four on-site food trucks and a ground-level celebration that included party and personalized rappelling music by Mike Walton Productions, an instant photo booth and a children’s craft area. The Holy Cross High School cheerleading team, wearing “Team Tolerico” shirts, was on hand the entire day, not only to cheer for their rappelling principal, Ben Tolerico, but to provide all-day entertainment and support their principal’s fellow rappellers.
All money raised in 2017 will support NWNEPA’s aging-in-place mission, helping local elderly, disabled and disadvantaged homeowners throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania stay in their homes longer.
We can’t wait to do this all again on June 3! Watch our event video below and please consider joining us this year!