‘Over the Edge’ raises nearly $140k for area kids

People rappelling down the side of KeyBank Tower in Dayton to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For the fifth straight year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley has taken fundraising to a new level.

Today the organization held its annual ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser, where people rappel down the KeyBank Tower, raising money and awareness for area kids in need of mentors.

Ninety people rappelled down the Tower today, raising nearly $140,000 for kids in the Greater Miami Valley to be matched with someone they can look up to.

“I just love it to death,” said Tommy Routsong.

Interesting choice of words from funeral home owner and dedicated supporter after his third time rappelling down the 347 foot tall KeyBank Tower.

“Plus it’s so great for the kids. It’s a great cause,” Routsong said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley has been taking fundraising to new heights. Bringing people over the edge of a well-known downtown Dayton building, to raise money for area kids.

“So many of our rapellers have raised well over a thousand dollars and they know that every penny that they have raised is going back into our programs to help us match kids with bigs and yes that’s an awesome feeling because you’re making the difference in a child’s life,” said Anne Pfeiffer, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.

She said the organization serves nearly 600 local children each year, and right now there’s a hundred more on a list waiting for a big brother or sister.

“This money goes to helping us find Bigs for those kids,” Pfeiffer said.

Their annual budget is $900,000, according to Pfeiffer. So every penny of the $140,000 raised, helps.

“You can’t imagine how far that goes in order to support the programs and to get the kids involved,” Routsong said.

As he says it’s an investment in our community’s future.

“You think about the root of Dayton and being able to help Dayton is helping the kids. If we get the kids growing up straight we’re going to turn Dayton around. It’ll be a great city to live in and we’ll have great citizens growing up because of Big Brothers Big Sisters and I think that’s what makes it worthwhile,” said Routsong.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley says it’s in need volunteers, especially males.

CEO, Anne Pfeiffer says that 75% of the kids waiting for a mentor are boys.

To donate or become a mentor, click here for more information.

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