Edgers are Raising Funds for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Gulfport, Miss.  – March 25, 2015 – Since the January 13 Launch event, Over the Edge has stirred up quite a buzz along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  To date, 54 “Edgers” (as participants are called) have reserved a spot to rappel 278’ from the Beau Chene Terrace suite on the 27th floor of MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage.  Another 73 people are signed up and are working to raise the minimum donation of $1,000 to join them on April 18.  All funds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast. 
The event will be the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, so it seems a perfect fit that Governor Phil Bryant has agreed to rappel on Friday, April 17 along with media personalities and VIPs to bring exposure to the event.  Joining Bryant will be Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, MS Gulf Coast Chamber CEO Kimberly Nastasi, Beau Rivage Executive Anthony Del Vescovo, Habitat CEO Chris Monforton and others. 
As the tallest building in Mississippi, Beau Rivage was the obvious choice for the location for this unique event.   “We’re taking our long-term partnership with Beau Rivage to new heights and offering our supporters a unique way to raise funds to benefit Habitat programs,” said Adele Lyons, director of development at HFHMGC.
“Habitat’s work rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina has been remarkable,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., President and COO of MGM Resorts International’s Southern Operations. “The opportunity to go ‘over the edge’ of Mississippi’s tallest building is an extraordinary way to recognize, celebrate and commemorate the organization’s progress while raising essential funds for its future.”
Time spots are still available for anyone interested in rappelling.  Participants must commit to raise or donate a minimum of $1,000 to get the chance to rappel.  No skill or previous rappelling experience is required.
Over the Edge is the professional rappelling and event company that will oversee all safety and logistics for the event. More than 25,000 rappellers have safely participated in over 500 “Over The Edge” events since 2003. This is the first “Over The Edge” event to benefit Habitat for Humanity and the first in Mississippi.
Participants committed to rappel include: 

  1. Sonya Jury is an Architect from Kansas City, MO.  Jury stated, “I have a huge heart for Biloxi, Mississippi after spending a year working on the best project ever – rebuilding Beau Rivage after Hurricane Katrina.  The project was once-in-a-lifetime and it gave my soul tremendous pleasure knowing my effort gave 3,000 people their jobs and lives back!  Spending a year on the Gulf Coast created amazing memories and even better friends who are now all across the country.  I am so pumped to do this!!” 
Sonya Jury can be reached at (913) 660 4011.
  1. Marcia Gwaltney is an 81 year old Air Force veteran living in Bay Cove assisted living facility in Biloxi.  Last year, Gwaltney zipped lined in Hawaii and would like to skydive but a broken hip is preventing her for doing so.  Rappelling is the next best thing and she will check this off her bucket list.  Gwaltney’s daughter, Collette works at Habitat and she said the residents at Bay Cove thinks she is crazy for signing up to rappel. 
Marcia Gwaltney can be reached via Collette Poppendieck at (954) 654-1977.
  1. Michael and Cathy Wildschuetz are both signed on to go Over the Edge.  The couple has come up with very creative ways to raise the funds required.  They have partnered with Chick-fil-A and have an event scheduled at Newks’s D’Iberville on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 – 8 pm as well as an event all day at Quakes in Ocean Springs on Sunday, March 15.  The Wildschuetz has created T-shirts that they wear everywhere for both of them and their 2 young children to bring exposure to the fundraiser. 
Cathy and Michael Wildschuetz can be reached at 228-215-0909.
Anyone interested in rappelling should contact Angela Thomas at (228) 678-9100 ext. 1010 or overtheedge@hfhmgc.org. Additional information can be found at www.overtheedgehabitat.org.
April 17 is the VIP / Media Day.  Rappelling will take place from 1 – 4 pm.
On April 18, rappelling is scheduled to begin at 9 am and end at 6pm. 
We do not yet have a confirmed time for Governor Bryant to rappel on April 17. 
Viewing will be available on the top of the Beau Rivage parking garage on both April 17 & 18.  

About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 840 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.
About Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
French for "beautiful shore," MGM Resort's International’s Beau Rivage blends the charm and character of the Mediterranean with graceful touches of Southern hospitality. The 32-story resort’s 1740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites offer AAA Four-Diamond accommodations unparalleled anywhere in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.beaurivage.com.
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