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Sparc Goes Over The Edge

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March 01, 2017
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Denise Schainker
March 1, 2017
Springfield, IL -Sparc is taking fundraising to new heights! Over the Edge is a unique fundraising event, providing participants the thrilling opportunity of rappelling down a building in an exciting and completely safe environment. Limited to the first 100 participants, individuals who want to participate are required to raise a minimum of $1,000. Once they achieve their goal, on Saturday, May 13th they will rappel 157 feet down the side of The President Abraham Lincoln-Doubletree, with the capital city serving as a backdrop.  There is no experience or prior training needed in order to register. The Over the Edge staff consists of a team of experts who possess an outstanding safety record, and who provide the technical expertise, training and equipment needed for the event.
 “Sparc supports more than 400 individuals with developmental disabilities, and we ask them every day to face their challenges and their fears,” said Greg O’Connor, CEO of Sparc. “Over the Edge for Sparc is and event where we challenge our community to consider facing their fears for just 10 minutes.”
 “Living a life with purpose and contributing to society is something we commit to everyday at Sparc,” said Denise Schainker, Director of Development. Over the Edge for Sparc is an opportunity to face my fears, challenge myself and help the folks we support achieve their dreams.”  “We wanted to bring visibility to the good work that we do, which requires additional dollars to impact the quality of life the folks we support deserve,” added Schainker. “Being able to raise awareness for individuals with developmental disabilities and the ongoing need for funding while also allowing participants to experience a chance-of-a-lifetime challenging opportunity in rappelling off of roof The Abraham Lincoln Hotel, seemed like the optimal fundraiser. If you are a thrill seeker or want to challenge yourself to new levels, this is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss.”
Participants raising a $1000.00 will start on the rooftop of the building and then rappel down to the ground.  In addition they will be invited to attend a VIP cocktail reception, hosted by TROXELL where they will be recognized for their efforts and presented with an Over the Edge for Sparc pullover.  For more information or to register, visit
or contact Denise Schainker at 217-793-2100. Over the Edge for Sparc is sponsored by HSHS/St. John’s Hospital, Memorial Health Systems, Neuhoff, The Abraham Lincoln Hotel-Doubletree and TROXELL.
Denise Schainker, Director of Communications & Development, (217) 793-2100

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