LB Goes Over the Edge! Daring Fundraisers Rappel Down 16-Story Hotel Downtown

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Over the Edge Fundraiser for Special Olympics

The Over the Edge Fundraiser for Special Olympics will send 100 people rappelling down a 16-story hotel in Long Beach.

Do you have the courage to go Over the Edge? Adventure seekers will rappel 158 feet down the Hyatt Regency Long Beach on October 29 to raise money for Special Olympics athletes. Participants — including Courtney Prather, Hotel Maya Director of Rooms — will descend the entire length of the hotel, to a cheering crowd below.

“I’m naturally competitive so when the opportunity to rappel the 16-story hotel was presented on behalf of Hotel Maya, I was immediately committed to meeting the challenge to support Special Olympics Southern California,” says Prather.

“Over The Edge” is sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Long Beach for Special Olympics Southern California as a unique, higher challenge to individuals to raise or commit to $1,000 in support of the organization’s athletes. Participation in the 16-story event is limited to the first 100 people to meet the funding challenge. Hotel Maya is sponsoring Prather’s quest to abseil the downtown Long Beach hotel.

“We are grateful to all of the participants in the ‘Over the Edge’ event,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Our nearly 11,000 athletes in Southern California are known for their impressive courage everyday of their lives, so we appreciate the courageous support by Hotel Maya to take part in the event.”

The “Over The Edge” fundraiser is set Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No prior rappelling experience is required to participate in “Over The Edge.” A team of experts will assist participants the entire way. “Over The Edge” is free for public viewing and support of the “edgers.”

Additional activities on the ground will feature Halloween-related fun along with a great assortment of food trucks including Sprinkles, Lobsta Truck, Bollywood Bites, Spud Runners and Bool Korean BBQ.

For more information regarding “Over the Edge” in support of Special Olympics Southern California, contact Michelle Brien at 562-354-2607 or

Hotel Maya is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For additional information, call 562-435-7676, visit

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