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Locals Headed ‘Over the Edge’ for Charity Fundraiser

by and on October 04, 2018 5:00 AM

On Oct. 11, at least 77 brave souls will rappel off the 12-story Fraser Centre in downtown State College to raise funds for Interfaith Human Services and Faith Centre.

These daredevils have obtained sponsors to provide the minimum $1,000 each is required to raise to participate in the event. All funds raised will be split between the two nonprofits, which provide for many of the needs of Centre County’s low-income families.

IHS and Faith Centre are hoping to actually watch 92 people go over the edge of Fraser Centre. There is still time to sign up, right up until the morning of the event. Those who show up with the $1,000 fee will be able to rappel.

Over the Edge is the company that runs the event. Those interested in participating can sign up to share in the fundraising adventure by visiting www.overtheedge.events/state-college.

“As a coach for the Over the Edge event, I stand ready and willing to help in any way I can,” said Viki Stumbers, Interfaith Human Services development and program coordinator. “I am here to help in any way. If you need help with fundraising, I will give you tips and advice. You can fundraise up until the day of the event. You can email me at [email protected]. or call the office in the afternoon to reach me.” The IHS phone number is (814) 234-7731.

According to Stumbers, “This has been in the works for about a year, when Nicole T. Summers, executive director at Faith Centre, approached IHS with the offer to partner for this unusual fundraiser. In May, the State College Borough approved our application and we held a kickoff party to initiate our recruitment. In the first week, we saw 16 brave souls sign up and set up their websites. At this point, we would still like to sign up 15 to 20 more.”

The event’s participants are a multigenerational and varied group. At one point, IHS board member Marie Cameron held the record as the oldest person to sign up.

“I realized I was one of the oldest on the board, and I felt if I volunteered then others would have no excuse and it worked,” said Cameron. “Jerry Wettstone volunteered because he felt if I could do it, then he could also. I will be 83 in April 2019.”

However, George Etzweiler now reigns as the oldest participant. Etzweiler is 98 years old. The well-known retired Penn State electrical engineering professor has been running in 5Ks and other races since he was 49. He ran the 7.6-mile Mount Washington Road Race in June.

Janet Lybarger, who has been on the IHS board and served as a volunteer at the organization, also will rappel off Fraser Centre.

“I just have a passion for Interfaith and the work they do,” said Lybarger. “I don’t want to do this really, but if my going over the edge of a 12-story building will help someone struggling to pay utility bills or buy fuel to heat their home, then it’s worth it.”

Susan Beyerle, of State College, also shared her views of the fundraiser.

“My husband and I are longtime supporters of IHS, especially the fuel bank,” Beyerle said. “Oh, and I like heights.”

Sponsors for the event include Planet Fitness, F-45, Foxdale Village, Watermarke Church, St. John the Evangelist Church of Bellefonte, Appalachian Outdoors, U. S. Casualty Corporation and State College Downtown Rotary. Additional in-kind sponsors include the Hyatt Place, which will be providing space, and Federal Taphouse, which will be providing food for the Wednesday, Oct. 10 VIP party for those going “over the edge” and their sponsors.

Interfaith Human Services, located at 251 Easterly Parkway in State College, runs the Centre County Fuel Bank, which helps keep the heat on for many, offers classes to help people manage their money, provides donated furniture, runs a representative payee program and provides emergency utility and other services.

Faith Centre, located at 110 W. High St. in Bellefonte, helps the community in countless ways with clothing, household goods, its food bank and more.

Both nonprofits collaborate with other agencies to provide help to Centre County neighbors in need.

 



This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.


Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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