The Grand Sierra Resort, one of Reno’s tallest buildings at 27 floors, is offering a chance to rappel down the side of it. A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada challenge called Over the Edge allows participants the opportunity to rappel 347 feet down the side of the resort.
The first 76 “Edgers” who raise a minimum of $1,000 will be safely guided down the building by professionals. So far, six people have reached that goal, according to the BBBSNN website. Edgers will rappel down GSR on Aug. 11.
The charity challenge works similarly to other sponsorship challenges, such as Movember. Register as a participant for $50, then solicit support from friends, family and coworkers.
No experience or training is required to register or rappel. Over the Edge staff is a professionally trained team of rappelling experts, according to BBBSNN. Technical expertise, training and equipment is provided the day of the event.
“My heart was racing,” Kent Vaughn, senior vice president of hotel operations at the Grand Sierra Resort and former Over the Edge participant, said in a news release. “As I began to descend and tried to get into a rhythm, I felt more comfortable although still nervous; however, as my feet hit the ground and I heard my staff cheering for me, I knew that I would do it again given the chance!”
Proceeds will benefit the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.
“Supporting a match costs about $1,000 per year,” Liza Maupin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada said in a news release. “Each person who goes Over the Edge will be providing a child in our community the life-changing support of a mentor.”
BBBSNN provides children facing adversity with one-to-one relationships.