Over the Edge fundraiser challenges all for a cause


Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County will conduct a unique fundraiser where people will rappel down the side of the Hilton Rialto in Melbourne.

Photo courtesy of Over the Edge

Take the challenge. Step up to the edge and jump rappelling eight stories down the side of Melbourne’s Hilton Rialto to raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.

A first-time event in Melbourne, the rappelling fundraiser is open to anyone of any age, weighing between 100 and 300 pounds. Physically challenged individuals also are invited to participate. Everyone can go over the edge.

“I wanted to bring an ‘out of the box’ idea to Brevard,” said Pam Davis, vice president of development and marketing for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County. “For the first year, we are filling 92 spots. Those spots will be filled with sponsors and individual donors who raise a minimum of $1,000 through peer-to-peer fundraising. If they form a team of five or more, it’s $800 per person.”

At $1,000 per individual, friends and workers are banning together for the fee. The fundraiser even challenges workers to toss the boss over the edge. If the boss matches the gift, then he or she can designate someone to take their place. All sorts of fun combinations are available.

“You are committing to raising $1,000 minimum and will share on social media/email with a customized fundraising page,” Davis said.

Larger sponsorships cost $5,000, with Bank of America and LifeStyle Homes signed up along with larger individual sponsors.

“The Rialto Hilton was selected because Over the Edge partners globally with national hotel chains and Hilton is one of their largest host sites. Habitat has a wonderful relationship with the Hilton Rialto, so it was a natural fit and one of the tallest buildings in Brevard.”

During the event, “we will have six individuals going over two at a time per hour,” Davis added.

And yes, the public is invited to come and watch the excitement.

Because Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and approximately 70 countries around the world, the organization’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home, added Davis.

“All monies raised will stay local in Brevard County building homes for low income families,” Davis said. “Depending on the amount raised, funds could cover the complete cost of materials for a new construction home up to four bedrooms ($114,000).”

All registration information is available at overtheedgebrevard.com. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. The rain date is Jan. 20 at the Hilton Rialto at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne. Habitat is partnering with local municipalities for services, including ropes and volunteers.