Raising Awareness


By Allie Daugherty / Photos by Tim Botsko

Black tie fundraising dinners are so passé. At least, that’s what the nonprofit Kids Included Together (KIT) believes, which is why the organization created its Over the Edge Challenge - a fundraising event daring the generous (and fearless) among us to repel 33 stories down the Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown.

“When the economy started to turn, there was a sense in the nonprofit world that people were having gala fatigue,” says Torrie Dunlap, CEO of KIT. “As an organization, we always like to be on the cutting edge, so we looked for something that was a little more exciting.”

Those who fundraise a minimum of $1,000 earn a spot on the ropes cascading 357 feet down the West Coast’s tallest waterfront hotel. The money will be put toward ongoing training for staffs of organizations - such as YMCA and Boys and Girls Club - on how to work with kids who have disabilities.

Dunlap says each year about 80 people accept the challenge (registration for which ended July 18), including disabled children and their parents. No prior rock climbing experience is required. Drop in to watch the high-flying action at the Hyatt August 18.