Fearless Fundraising


Find your indomitable spirit with One Heartland when they team up with urban rappelling company Over The Edge for an unforgettable fundraising event on June 23.

A common New Year’s resolution for many is the goal to overcome one’s fears. Sometimes that means confronting those fears head on and proving that you’re stronger and tougher that you previously thought. If a fear of heights is on top of your list, One Heartland of Minneapolis may have the event for you come June.

To kick off Pride week on June 23, the youth camping group will be teaming up with the adventure experience company Over The Edge for an exhilarating fundraising event at the downtown Hyatt Regency for a full day of urban rappelling to raise funds for One Heartland’s camp scholarships.

Over The Edge’s events have raised more than $100 million for nonprofits since 2008. Photo courtesy of Over The Edge

“One Heartland provides camping opportunities for young people to meet others and celebrate who they are and support friend groups and support networks,” said One Heartland executive director Patrick Kindler. “Our three different camps are Camp Heartland for young people affected by HIV, Camp True Colors for young people that identify as LGBTQ+, and Camp Northstar for those experiencing homelessness or living in out of home situation. This coming summer of 2020, One Heartland is expanding our Camp True Colors program and adding one week of camp for transgender and gender diverse young people. We have also added two LGBTQ+ Family Camp sessions. Registration is going out in January.”

The Minneapolis nonprofit One Heartland will be teaming with Over The Edge for an urban rappelling fundraiser on June 23. Photo courtesy of Over The Edge

Over The Edge, which is the world’s only global industrial rappelling event company, began in Nova Scotia to give back to local nonprofits, before expanding internationally with its exciting, professionally overseen urban rappelling events that allow clients to raise money for nonprofits and charities. According to Over The Edge’s website, over 1,000 urban rappelling events have been successfully held for a wide variety of clients. The events feature training managers, site safety supervisors, tech teams, and a rope crew for safety purposes. Over The Edge events have raised more than $100 million for nonprofits since 2008, and is diligent in properly training participants and overseeing their descent to maximize safety.

One Heartland leapt at the chance to team up with Over The Edge for a unique fundraising experience.

“It is a day to challenge yourself to [rappel] down the side of a 20-story building, help raise funds for camp scholarships, and change a young person’s life!” said Kindler. “It is also a great away to kick off Pride 2020! Participants raise $1,500 minimum to ‘Go Over The Edge.’ One week of camp is $750 per camper, so each participant will be raising the equivalent of two camp scholarships. Get a group of coworkers and challenge your boss to go over the edge. Pool donations from your office and send the boss our way!”

One Heartland’s Over The Edge event will raise money for its camp programs that service GLBT youth, homeless youth, and youth affected by HIV. Photo courtesy of Over The Edge

The nice thing about the event is that whether you’re an employee or boss, young or old, thrill-seeker or not, the event is inclusive, and even if you’re not interested in unleashing your inner Spider-Man, you can still help out in sponsoring the “Edgers”, raising awareness, or helping recruit for the event. Either way, it’s all for an incredibly worthy cause.

The June 23 event at the Hyatt will run from sunrise to sunset. There is room for a total of one hundred people to participate at the event, according to Kindler. This exciting opportunity is the latest milestone for One Heartland, which had a banner year in 2019.

“We just held our 10th annual Gala and Holiday Concert at the Dakota Jazz Club [in mid-December],” said Kindler. “We had some amazing campers speak who help to remind us all about why our programs are so important and much needed in our community.”

To learn more about One Heartland’s event with Over The Edge and how to participate, email Scott Myers at [email protected] For more information on One Heartland and its camping programs, visit www.oneheartland.org. For more information on Over The Edge, visit overtheedgeglobal.com.

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