SOURCE: Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

October 14, 2010 11:00 ET

Fundraising Will Take 64 Adventurers to New Heights

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2010) -  Kids need plenty of help today, and on October 29th the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council will produce one of the most innovative fundraising events ever to be presented. This function will provide 64 thrill seeking participants the opportunity to rappel down 26 stories from the top of the iconic Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

Recruitment is underway to sign up participants for this one of a kind chance to help 25,000 Scouts in an extraordinary way. Each participant will be asked to pledge a minimum of $1,000 or more for this unique rappelling opportunity. Once registered, each participant will be provided a fundraising web page.

"The Westin Bonaventure is excited to host this event for Scouting," said Michael Czarcinski, managing director. "This is a great opportunity to showcase our hotel and at the same time help the Scouts who do so much for our community." Czarcinski shared with us new plans of a major $30 million dollar renovation.

Over the Edge is an eight hour event hosted by the Bonaventure. Starting time is at 9AM to 5PM. Family, friends, co-workers and spectators are invited to support participants and also take part in the after hour reception scheduled at the Bonaventure Restaurant and Brewing Company. Unfortunately friends of the participants will not be allowed on the rooftop since only those with safety harnesses and anchors will be admitted. There will be a special viewing section near the pool deck for observation.

Each participant will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender to rappel. To go down they will be squeezing a handle, and to stop they will need to let go of the handle (or pull back). Participants can go as fast or as slowly as they like. All will be anchored to a back-up line, which is controlled from the top. Should someone go too fast, the back-up line will engage and slow their descent.

Since the event is scheduled for the week of Halloween, event staff expect several costumes. Participants must be 18 years or older by the day of the event, and weigh no more than 300 pounds. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser and best costume of the day. Sponsors for the event include; Bonaventure Hotel, Angeles Shooting Ranges, Bonaventure Brewing Company, and Schafer Ambulance.

As part of the fundraising there is a special campaign called "Toss Your Boss" which promises to be a great deal of fun for those companies that decide to enroll. Employees get to raise money to have their fearless executives go over the edge. It's great for team building and morale. It's an opportunity to have co-workers on site to cheer their boss as they come down 26 stories! According to Ben Reiling, Los Angeles Area Council Fundraising Chair, "Our participants come from all sectors of the community; Executives, celebrities, military, volunteers, and entrepreneurs."

Ben Reiling shared that "the funds raised will make a tremendous difference for Scouting in our local communities." Scouting helps to develop character and reinforce strong values. By combining educational and character-building activities with fun, Scouting molds good citizens and future leaders. Scouts are trained in the responsibilities of citizenship, team building and cooperation. They get the opportunity to try new things, meet new people and learn about the importance of personal fitness. Participation in Scouting builds academic skills, ethics and leadership skills. Along the way, Scouts gain self-confidence, build hope and gain treasured memories

Today, 60% of families in the Council's service area live below the poverty level and struggle to meet even their most basic needs. A great many children live in single-parent families or families with two working parents. They need positive influences, a safe environment and constructive activities to fill their unsupervised time, but do not always have access to safe public parks or recreation centers. Scouting is committed to filling this void.

There are 2.73 million children in Los Angeles County. The Inner City Scouting program currently serves only four percent (4%) of youth in our service area that would qualify for the program. On the other hand, there is a waiting list of schools and community organizations that are willing to organize and operate a Scouting unit under a charter with the Council -- if Scouting had the manpower and financial resources to bring them aboard. The Los Angeles Area Council invites participants to share in our centennial celebration with us and to be a part of our journey in the next 100 years.

As of the time of this writing there are only 24 spots available. For more information on how to participate in the Over the Edge function go to the Los Angeles Area Council website at --

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