On Halloween, October 31st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Greater Sacramento Area, which is a non-profit organization that mentors youth under the age of 18, will be hosting an event called Over The Edge. Over The Edge is a peer fundraising event. If you can raise $1,000 you get the opportunity to repel from the top of the Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown Sacramento.
The CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento, Dimitrius Stone, describes it as “An exhilarating day of learning how to turn an obstacle or a fear into a lifetime opportunity.”
The idea for “Over The Edge” didn’t originally begin in Sacramento. According to Dimitrius, originally the license for this event was held by another non-profit organization for 3 years. When they decided not to renew their license the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra purchased it.
“They [Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra] asked to partner with us simply because in El Dorado County there is not a building that’s large enough to host such an event.” Said Dimitrius
Over The Edge is particularly important for Big Brothers Big Sisters this year due to COVID-19.
“Typically, our biggest fundraising events are our galas, our annual events, obviously because we are now in a position as a world where we cannot congregate in large groups or have galas, fundraisers, or dinners. It’s a way for us to be outdoors, conquer some fears, and raise funds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
Even if you or your organization are not interested in repelling down the side of the Residence Inn there are other ways you can support this event and Big Brothers Big Sisters as a whole.
“We have numerous sponsorship opportunities. We have 6 different sponsorship levels ranging anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000… Companies can get their logo on promotional materials, on the swag bags, we can put their logo on our website,” said Dimitrius.
You can also support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento by donating any amount on their website or volunteering. They are also currently in need of volunteers of color.
“The majority of youth and kids in our program are youth of color… it’s important that we have volunteers who are relatable and gave lived experiences similar to our littles” Said Dimitrius
Don’t forget to mark your calendar, October 31st!