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Do YOU have what it takes to go Over the Edge?

Did you know that thousands of individuals and families struggle with basic needs right here on Long Island?  So many have faced fear and obstacles that most of us can’t ever imagine.  But they’re able to take brave steps every day to face their fears and overcome their hurdles.

Will YOU find your own courage and support our neighbors by taking the step to go Over the Edge?! Rappel 170 feet down the Tower at Nassau Community College to benefit children who are in foster care or who have been abused, struggling families and seniors, and people dealing with addiction or mental illness.

Go Over the Edge for EAC Network!
October 20, 2018

OUR GOAL: $100,000

33%

Watch what it's like to go Over the Edge!
About the Event
OCTOBER 20, 2018 - TOWER AT NASSAU CC

Seldom does an opportunity as unique as Over the Edge come along for a nonprofit, for an adventure-seeker, and for a business sponsor.

Over the Edge will see up to 92 thrill-seeking “Edgers” rappel 170 feet down the Tower at Nassau Community College in order to help struggling families on Long Island.  It’s the tallest, most exciting fundraiser and community event to hit Nassau County and the most unique charitable sponsorship opportunity of 2018!

Individuals who raise donations will secure an official rappel spot as an Edger.  All of the fundraising proceeds will benefit EAC Network’s programs that empower, assist, and care for children who have been abused or who are in foster care, at-risk families struggling with basic needs, individuals battling addiction or mental illness, seniors needing supportive services like Meals on Wheels, and so many more.

Do you have what it takes to go Over the Edge for EAC Network?

Be an Edger

Think you have what it takes to go Over the Edge?

Raise donations to secure your rappelling spot and Edger status! As an Edger, you’ll get to soak in the breathtaking views of the New York City skyline and greater Nassau County!  You’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of rappelling down the side of a building and the knowledge that you’ve helped so many of our neighbors in need.

Don’t want to go Over the Edge, but still want to fundraise for a great cause or as part of a team?

Toss Your Boss/Teacher/Team Leader

Has your boss, teacher, or team leader ever pushed you Over the Edge?  Now you can return the favor! Rally your coworkers, colleagues, and friends to raise $1,500 and earn your boss, teacher, or team leader a spot to go Over the Edge!  But beware! If your boss, teacher, or team leader makes a matching $1,500 donation, they get to choose who to toss Over the Edge!

Companies, schools, or other groups who Toss Their Boss, Teacher, or Team Leader will receive sponsorship recognition!

Want to Toss Your Boss/Teacher/Team Leader?

FAQ

Contact us at events@eac-network.org or (516) 539-0150 x123 with any questions!

General

What is Over the Edge?

Over the Edge is a special events company that provides signature rappelling events for nonprofit organizations. Participants are invited to raise funds in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of going over the edge of a local building. The Over the Edge crew handles the technical aspects of the event and EAC Network recruits rappellers to participate in the event and raise money on their behalf.

How does it work?

EAC Network has 92 available slots for individuals to rappel down the Tower at Nassau Community College. To secure a spot, an individual raises donations. If there are more than 92 individuals vying for the spots, those who have met their fundraising goals will be awarded spots first.  Individuals can guarantee your spot immediately by completing the Spot Guarantee Form. If you’ve got a group, you might want to Toss Your Boss, Toss Your Teacher, or Toss Your Team Leader!

Is Over the Edge safe?

Yes! Over the Edge has never had an incident or accident since its inception. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Their policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes.

All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. Additionally, volunteers assisting with ropes undergo extensive training.

The ropes themselves are inspected by the qualified technical staff at the start and end of each event. During the event, safety checks are performed for each person before they rappel, and every 2 1/2 hours the team re-inspects all the rigging.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes.  All individual registrants must pay a registration fee to start the fundraising process.  The Early Bird registration fee is $25 through June 30th, and then is $50 starting on July 1st. The registration fee is counted towards your fundraising goal.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

For groups interested in registering for Toss Your Boss, Toss Your Teacher, or Toss Your Team Leader, please contact Sarah Muller at sarah.muller@eac-network.org or (516) 539-0150 x123 before registering to discuss registration and sponsorship perks.

Where does the money raised go?

100% of the funds raised through Over the Edge will benefit local families in need served by EAC Network. 

EAC Network is a diverse social service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 82,000 people in need across Long Island and New York City.  We aim to reach individuals and families who are struggling with basic needs; in fact, the majority of those we serve live at or below the poverty line.

We offer a wide range of over 70 innovative programs that fall under five main categories: Children & YouthFamily & CommunityBehavioral Health & Criminal JusticeSeniors & the Incapacitated, and Vocational Services.  These programs serve people of all ages from all walks of life, from vulnerable children who have been abused to homebound seniors needing home-delivered meals.

In short, our Children & Youth services work deeply with children who are victims of child abuse and neglect or who are involved in the foster care system or child trafficking. We provide supervised visitation between noncustodial parents and their children, promote child passenger safety, and offer mentors for at-risk youth.  Our Family & Community programs help our neighbors pay bills, resolve family and business conflicts, and navigate through obstacles that hinder self-sufficiency.  Our Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice programs work in tandem with the criminal justice system to help individuals suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse issues obtain treatment. We also offer programs for Anger Management, Community Service, and educational intervention for domestic violence offenders, and more.  For our Seniors & the Incapacitated services, we are the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Nassau County. We act as guardians for seniors who are unable to manage aspects of daily life on their own. Our senior centers provide warm meals, exercise, and social interaction to local seniors. We also offer technology classes as well as trained companions to relieve caregivers.  Finally, our Vocational Services offer a variety of vocational programs that provide participants with skills to obtain and retain employment, particularly with at-risk populations.  Detailed information on each of our programs can be found at www.eac-network.org/services.

Edgers

Who can go Over the Edge?

Anyone and everyone!  There’s no experience required… just the courage to go Over the Edge!  If you like outdoor activities, are looking for a challenge or an item to check off your bucket list, or just want the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you should go Over the Edge!

Over the Edge is also able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility, so if you’re in a wheelchair or have other restrictions, contact us at events@eac-network.org to discuss how we can accommodate your needs!

Is there a minimum age to rappel?

Yes, Edgers must be at least 13 years old to rappel.  Minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian at the event.

Is there a weight restriction to rappel?

Yes, Edgers must weigh between 100 and 300 pounds in order to participate.   Should Edgers plan to rappel with costumes or equipment such as wheelchairs, the total weight must not exceed 300 pounds.

What should I wear to rappel?

Since you will be rappelling down the side of a building, you must wear robust, close-toed shoes.  Sneakers are recommended.  Wear long pants, and because the harness with surround your legs, waist, and shoulders, do not wear anything too bulky.

You may not carry or bring anything on your person when you rappel.  Droppable items will be collected before your descent.  If you need/want to wear glasses, they must have an eyewear retainer to keep them from falling.

Do I get to practice?

Yes, all Edgers will go through a comprehensive training to teach you exactly how to rappel yourself down the building.  Additionally, you will have a practice session to help you get used to the harness, rappel device, and technique.

Fundraising

I’ve never fundraised before and $1,000 seems like a lot. How do I do it?

Don’t fear fundraising or think of it as a chore!  Consider it as a way to raise awareness of an issue that you’re SO OVER.  Donations add up faster than you think!  Plus, we’re here to help you every step of the way.  Check out our fundraising tool kit to help you get started.  This offers email and social media templates and additional resources including how to raise $1,000 in 10 days!  If you’d like more personal support, email us at events@eac-network.org.

Does the registration fee count towards my fundraising goal?

Yes!  The $25 or $50 registration fee counts as the first donation towards your fundraising goal!

What if someone wants to make a donation to my campaign by check or cash?

Donations made by check must be made payable to “EAC Network” and have “Your Name – OTE” in the memo.  Let us know when you’ve received a check and mail it immediately to:

EAC Network
Attention: Over the Edge
50 Clinton Street, Suite 107
Hempstead, NY 11550

Cash donations must be personally delivered to our office (do not mail us cash), or you can deposit the cash yourself and write us a check for the amount.  Please include the donor’s full name, mailing address, email address, and phone number, so that we may issue them a tax receipt and thank you letter and add the donation to your online campaign.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, donations are 100% tax deductible.  Donations made online will have automatic tax receipts sent to the donor’s email.  Tax receipts for offline donations (checks/cash) will be mailed within one week of EAC Network’s receipt of the donation, so long as the donor’s contact information is provided.

What happens if I don’t raise $1,000?

Should more than 92 individuals fundraise to be an Edger, only the first 92 individuals to meet their fundraising goal will earn Edger status. So fundraise quickly! But, 100% of the money you’ve raised will still benefit our neighbors in need, and you and your supporters would be encouraged to attend and enjoy the event to cheer on those who do rappel!

If you are concerned about fundraising but really want to make sure you go Over the Edge, you can guarantee one of the 92 spots early on by completing and returning the Spot Guarantee Form.