March 21, 2011 10:19 ET

Special Olympics Massachusetts Launches Exciting New Fundraiser That Takes Participants Over the Edge of 22-Story Building in Boston

100 Participants Have the Opportunity to Rappel Down Hyatt Regency Boston

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) -  Special Olympics Massachusetts, a leader in providing healthy lifestyles through sports and healthcare-related programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, is announcing a new fundraising event that will have an estimated 100 people rappelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency in Boston this July.

Hyatt Regency Boston will host this new fundraising rappelling event for Special Olympics Massachusetts called "Over the Edge" on July 22 & 23. Thrill-seekers and other brave souls will make their way down the east side of the building from the roof, on two ropes. Those who rappel down the hotel wall will be gathering pledges from donors leading up to the event. Special Olympics Massachusetts is hoping to raise as much as $150,000 from the event.

On March 23, 2011, Special Olympics Massachusetts will host a Kick-off reception from 6pm to 8pm in Hyatt Regency Boston's Presidential Suite. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Mary Beth McMahon at  

The website was just launched and already, the organization is well on its way to achieving the goal of 100 participants. All participants must be in good health and weigh no less than 110 pounds and no more than 300 pounds. The rappelling will be supervised by Over the Edge, a Nova Scotia company that has organized dozens of rappelling events all over North America. 

"Our ability to find new and exciting ways to raise funds for the sports and health programs of this organization is of vital importance," said Robert Johnson, President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts and one of the first participants to sign up to go over the edge. "Our athletes have tremendous courage and take risks every day when they try to accomplish something thought to be impossible by most. So I and many others are taking a page right out of the Special Olympics playbook, trying something we thought we could not do."

"We're going to go over the top for a great cause," added Phillip Stamm, general manager, Hyatt Regency Boston. "We want to support all of those athletes and prove there's nothing they can't do when they try. If they can make that kind of effort every day, certainly the Hyatt team can go over the edge in support of those athletes." 

Over the Edge for Special Olympics is a day-long event. Family, friends and spectators are invited to come down and support participants in their brave attempt. All funds raised will go directly toward providing training opportunities, equipment, uniforms, practice venues and vital health initiatives for some 12,000 Special Olympics athletes across Massachusetts. 

The event sponsors include the Hyatt Regency Boston and WCVB-TV, Channel 5.

Interested rappellers may sign up online at

About Special Olympics Massachusetts
Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programming for over 12,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. SOMA offers over 127 year round sporting competitions. Through the power of sport, the movement transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Contact Information

    Mary Beth McMahon
    Special Olympics Massachusetts
    508-485-0986 ext. 213

    Laura Picken
    Hyatt Regency Boston
    Email Contact