Over the Edge, co-sponsored by TD Bank, Brandywine Realty Trust and New Castle County Fire Service, is a unique fundraising event — and the only one of its kind in Delaware — allowing colleagues or friends the opportunity to raise money and “send” yourself or a friend, or a boss or colleague, rappelling 17 stories (222 feet) “Over the Edge” of a building to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Delaware.  This year’s event was held on May 12, 2016.  In total the 87 “Edgers” raised $135,000.  “Edgers” from the New Castle County Fire Service included:  Harry Bight, Delaware City Fire Company, Richard Perillo, Christiana Fire Company and New Castle City Police, Richard Perillo, Sr., Brandywine Hundred Fire Company and DVFA 2nd Vice President, and Les Warrick, Cranston Heights Fire Company and President of the New Castle County Firefighter’s Association.  A check for $11,700 was presented to Special Olympics Delaware by the New Castle County Fire Service at the New Castle County Fire Chief’s and Firefighter’s Association’s joint meeting held at the Elsmere Fire Company’s banquet hall on the evening of May 12th.  The check was accepted by Special Olympics athlete Matt Montgomery and Lisa Smith, Director of Development for Special Olympics Delaware.

Supporting sponsors include Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, Delmarva Broadcasting Company and Delaware Rock Gym.  Save the date for next year – Thursday, May 11, 2017.

– DFSN photos by Frank C. Trotta and Special Olympics Delaware