Go Over the Edge to Support Gracehaven

Gracehaven is giving you the chance to put on safety gear and rappel down one of the tallest buildings in Columbus. It’s the Over the Edge event at Chase Tower in downtown Columbus, raising money to help end child sex trafficking in Central Ohio.

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Each year the event gets a lot of attention, which organizer Teri Alexander says is part of the point of doing something so dramatic. “We chose this event because of its uniqueness and also because it gives us an extraordinary opportunity to bring awareness to the evil of child sex trafficking in our community.”

People who want to participate must raise at least $1250, but because of generous corporate sponsorship, all money raised goes to Gracehaven’s work. While it may sound like a lot, Teri says you’ll get a lot of ideas and support to help you make it happen.

And Teri says people who’ve taken part in the past have been so glad they did. “Our rappellers have shared with us that it has been an amazing experience for them, both from the physical experience of rappelling off a skyscraper downtown to learning more about child sex-trafficking and being able to make a difference in the lives of these victims.”

Alli Krivanek has done it the last two years will be back again this year. “I absolutely love it. The event overall is super exciting and it’s so neat to see so many people coming together and working together for this cause.”

Alli says she had never rappelled before her first Over the Edge but didn’t find herself full of fear. “As I stepped on the top of the building peering over the edge I definitely got an adrenaline rush. Rappelling down the side of the building is actually a lot harder work than you would think. But the view coming down the building is incredible and leaves you speechless.”

If you don’t want to rappel, you can still support the event by being a volunteer--they need over a hundred people to make it happen. Alli says one of the best things about rappelling was hearing volunteers and others cheering her on as she came down the building.

You can get more information about Over the Edge at gracehavenovertheedge.com