Over The Edge 2017 a smashing success on June 2-3!

Cheryl Connolly of 2017 ropes sponsor Geisinger shows us how rappelling for a cause is done — with a huge smile on your face!

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES AT THE BEST ROOFTOP PARTY IN NEPA!

Click here for our Over The Edge 2017 Video Slideshow!

Sky-high excitement returned to The Electric City on June 2 and 3 as NWNEPA brought the second annual Over The Edge Scranton: A Rappelling Adventure event back to Bank Towers in downtown Scranton.

Katie Berlin of Fox 56 went Over The Edge with us this year.

We once again sent almost 50 rappellers off the roof of the tallest building in the city as we celebrated their charitable accomplishment of raising at least $1000 apiece to help their neighbors in need, specifically those trying to age in place.

Thanks to the success of the event, 50 homeowners in need will receive help with home modifications or repairs this summer. The event itself raised more than $58,000, with individuals, teams, sponsors and donors all contributing to the months-long effort. For final results, visit www.crowdrise.com/neighborworksnepa.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our two-time presenting sponsor, Gibbons Ford, which sent company representatives to speak at and attend the event as well as a team of rappellers Over The Edge, and to returning sponsor, Geisinger, which this year became a ropes sponsor with The Geisinger Health Plan and sent a team of six Over The Edge.

The event also was supported by several other generous sponsors, including Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, The Perry Law Firm, Charles W. Grimm Construction Inc., Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Citizens Savings Bank, NeighborWorks America, The Hilton Scranton and The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

This year’s expanded streetfest also was especially memorable, and we are most grateful to the local businesses that took part in turning the 300 block of Spruce Street into an adventure zone on a beautiful pre-summer day: NEPA Cornhole/TJ Griffith and Backyard Ale House/Patrick Nasser; American Grill in Exeter and owners Shaun and Trista Cruz; Jeff Swire and The Can Cuddler; Captain Don’s Chilly Willy, LuLaRoe Katie Lane; and Holy Cross High School in Dunmore, which sent a team of cheerleaders and coaches to add excitement to the event.

Special thanks also go out to:

  • Voyager Video and Lindsay Barrasse and David Corigliano, who filmed the event over three days and provided excellent promotional footage.
  • Access Aerial and Lee DeAngelis and John Culkin, who provided incomparable aerial photography.
  • Mike Walton Productions/Pulsations DJs
  • The Scranton Police Department and Scranton Fire Department, which provided plenty of logistics help as well as human capital in the form of ropes volunteers.
  • Coca-Cola and Melissa Getz, who arranged for the donation of water and soft drinks as well as giveaways and raffle prizes.
  • Susquehanna Brewing Company, which donated raffle prizes, along with Lorraine Perry, Jeff Swire, Lisa Rosser, Elizabeth Rosser, The Hilton Scranton, Michele Bannon and Randy Williams, who also made prize donations.
  • Ryan and Amy Hnat of Electric City Escape, who served as ropes volunteers and provided valuable recruitment-party space in the event’s lead-up days as well as sponsored a cornhole court.
  • Our other cornhole court sponsors: Classic Properties/Sara Levy, Joyce Jackman & Bell Insurors and Gregg Betti’s Landscaping. 

    Look up! It’s a lesson for us all.

We also are immensely appreciative of our volunteers and ropes volunteers, who pitched in their time and special expertise to help us pull an event of this magnitude off.

Our ropes volunteers included:

  • Christopher Mackie

    We thank the Holy Cross High School cheerleaders for once again adding extra spirit to our streetfest as they cheered on their principal, Ben Tolerico, and all 2017 rappellers.

  • Ryan and Amy Hnat
  • Stephen Sunday
  • Salma Ahmed
  • Erik Goetsch
  • Linda Walsh
  • Peter Sakowski
  • Daniel Frantz
  • Matthew McDonald
  • Andy Polansky
  • Caroline Moskwa
  • Eric Youshock

And we salute our general event volunteers, who included:

  • Frani, Mariah and Julia Mancuso
  • Ann Marie Herne, Amanda Herne and Emma Kaub
  • NWNEPA board members Michele and Rita Bannon, Kurt Bauman (and Keira), John Cosgrove, Jon Konzelman, Katie Leonard, Cindy Yevich and Randy Williams
  • Chris Helmers, NeighborWorks America
  • Matthew Bryant
  • Donna Zilla
  • Meghan Loftus

Finally, we, of course, could not have pulled this off without the commitment and hard work of our rappellers themselves. This year’s 2017 team of fundraising rappellers included:

  • Mark and Kyle Perry of The Perry Law Firm
  • Todd Pousley of Marywood University
  • Brian Ebersole of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education
  • Mary and Michael Hales Jr.
  • Joseph Kreis of MJ Cordaro Electric
  • Lauren Loftus and Marjorie Solsman
  • Ryan Wilson of Janney Montgomery Scott
  • Sandra Snyder of NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin Tolerico, principal of Holy Cross High School
  • Christopher Szewczyk of Mazzoni, Karam, Petorak and Valvano
  • Kathleen Riley
  • Father Jeff Walsh of the Diocese of Scranton
  • Sara Ergott, Paola Montross, Maria Sherwood and Dana Crowley
  • Mike McGinley of Pepperjam
  • Sierra Titus
  • Teddy Michel of Ignatian Volunteer Corps.
  • Theresa Curto of Community Bank, N.A.
  • Dianna Jagodzinski
  • Chris Howe and Maggie Lipperini of Regional Hospital of Scranton
  • Amy Killeen
  • Dawn Hansen
  • Rebecca Park

Thank you also to all who made donations to the above rappellers – your names are on our CrowdRise site (www.crowdrise.com/neighborworksnepa) – as well as those who came out to our event and brought friends and family with them.

We were thrilled to see you all there and could not have done this without any of you!

Stay tuned for 2018 event information, and thank you again for taking your neighbors to new heights!

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