Going Over the Edge for Recovery!

Join us on Wednesday, October 17 as we repel stigma and rappel Over The Edge to raise money for recovery services in Maine!

R(a)pelling Stigma is a new adventure fundraiser hosted by Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) that challenges you to take your community support to new heights! The Over The Edge Experience provides the unique opportunity for individuals or groups to raise funds in exchange for an over the edge adventure – rappelling from the top of the Cross Insurance Center!   No climbing or rappelling experience necessary, just enough courage to go over the edge!

Space is limited  – the first 100 individuals to raise $1000 will earn a spot to go Over the Edge!

Why Should I Participate?

Because of people like Amber.

Opioid use disorder is a brain disease that is affecting thousands of Mainers – our neighbors, friends, and families. In fact, nationally 1 in 8 children is living with a parent struggling with some type of substance use disorder. But PCHC is REPELLING the stigma around this disease… And YOU can help! Sponsoring this Over the Edge Experience will increase access in our community to effective, comprehensive treatment and recovery services for persons with opioid use disorder. Join us in raising $100,000 to support recovery services in Maine. Every life matters!

How Can I Get Involved?

Our Over the Edge Experience will kick off at 9am with our first brave Edger! Up to 6 people an hour will be rappelling down 57 feet from the roof of the Cross Insurance Center! The day will end with a program and party, complete with inspirational speakers, music, food, games, raffles, and even a selfie station with Bangor’s biggest (literally!) celebrity — Paul Bunyan! You won’t want to miss this!

1. Go Over The Edge!

Sign up today as an individual or within a team! Raise funds for Recovery Services in exchange for the adventure of a lifetime: rappelling down the Cross Insurance Center! Spots are limited to the first 100 people who raise $1,000.

2. Become a Sponsor

Take your community support to new heights and sponsor the Over the Edge Experience! There are several exciting sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Sarah Dubay, PCHC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer, for more details: sdubay@pchc.com or call 207-992-9200.

3. Toss Your Boss!

Gather your coworkers and collectively raise at least $1,500 to send your boss Over The Edge! But, beware … If your boss matches the team’s contribution, they can choose to send someone else Over The Edge instead!

4. Watch from the Chicken Coop

Too chicken to step Over The Edge?? You can still participate! Donating $100 or more to your favorite rappeller will gain your entry into the Chicken Coop! During the day of the event, names will be drawn from the Chicken Coop for cool prizes! The more you donate, the better your chances of winning!

Where will the money go?

Your participation or sponsorship will help us fight the opioid epidemic by:

Improving Access to Treatment

Wrapping Children in the Support They Need

Literally Saving Lives

100% of the funds raised for R(a)pelling Stigma will go directly to providing effective substance abuse disorder treatment and services within our local community.

  • Help new mothers and their newborns who are in recovery at PCHC’s innovative CHAMP Clinic, an innovative outpatient weaning clnic, provided in partnership with Eastern Maine Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Provide clothing or food to individuals leaving the Penobscot County Jail and hoping to turn their lives around by entering RISE, a specific recovery program for incarcerated women
  • Save lives with naloxone (narcan), a medication used to revive someone who has overdosed
  • Increase access to Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR), a safe and effective OUD treatment plan, integrated within PCHC’s primary care practices
  • Increase access to this region’s ONLY Rapid Access Recovery Program, which is open to everyone, not only PCHC patients, who need help quickly
  • Support the hiring of  Recovery Coaches, who mentor those in recovery, helping them access community services including healthcare, housing, employment and education
  • Support wrap-around services for children whose parents are suffering from OUD and seeking treatment
  • Support the important work of the unique regional collaboration known as the Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB).  5% of all funds raised will go to CHLB

Over the Edge Sponsors

Peak Sponsor

Lifeline Sponsors

Anchor Sponsors

Base Camp Sponsors

Belay Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Other Sponsors

Amber's Story

Amber bakes the best apple pie.

She plays a mean game of duck-duck-goose when volunteering with her son’s nursery school class. She’s finishing up a degree in nursing and works part time at a local bank.

Amber’s been revived by Narcan twice and is now on a daily dose of Suboxone.

After two years of working with her primary care physician, psychiatric nurse practitioner, a licensed clinical social worker, a clergy member, and her family and friends, Amber is proudly in recovery from opioid use disorder. Her smile exudes strength, resiliency, and hope. And her eyes hold a fierce truth when she tells you that she’s one of the lucky ones.

We lose more than one Mainer a day to opioid overdoses – one family member, friend, or neighbor. That is the cost of opioid use disorder. 418 lives were unnecessarily lost in 2017 due to overdose and a disease that could have been treated. We need to do more.

I'm In — But What Do I Need to Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Over the Edge?

Over the Edge is a Canada-based special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations anywhere in North America. Participants are invited to raise pledges in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of repelling over the edge of a local building. In Bangor, the Over the Edge crew handles the technical aspects of the event and PCHC recruits rappellers to participate in the event and raise money for recovery services. For more information about Over the Edge USA, please visit www.overtheedgeusa.com.

How does it work?

To go Over the Edge, individual participants must raise a minimum of $1,000. “Toss Your Boss” groups/teams must raise $1,500, and will receive sponsorship recognition based on fundraising goals. The majority of fundraising is done online through our donation portal: https://give.overtheedge.events/PCHC-2018?ref=ab_a7P495

Fundraising

I don't have any experience fundraising, how do I do it?

Thanks to our online fundraising portal at https://give.overtheedge.events/PCHC-2018?ref=ab_a7P495, you can easily share your Over the Edge endeavor with friends and family near and far! When you register to go Over the Edge you will be prompted to create your own personal fundraising Web page. You can add photos, upload videos, and change the text on the page to help encourage your friends and family to support your Over the Edge efforts to benefit PCHC’s treatment and recovery programs!

How do I raise enough money to go Over the Edge?

  • You can collect “online” credit card donations by sending your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page.
  • You can also collect cash and check donations by using this form. “Offline” donors should include your name in the memo line of checks, and checks should be made out to PCHC.
  • Cash and check donations can be mailed to PCHC at PO Box 1358, Bangor, Maine 04402. We don’t encourage you to mail cash — either drop it by our office at 103 Maine Avenue, Bangor, get a cashier’s check to mail, or turn it in on event day.
  • Before you know it, your friends, family and contacts will have helped you reach your fundraising goal and you’ll be rappelling down the side of the Cross Center!

What happens if I do not raise $1,000?

Minimum Fundraising Clause: Each individual participant must reach the minimum $1,000 to go Over the Edge. Teams/Toss Your Boss participants must reach the minimum $1,500 to go Over the Edge.

Are there incentives to raise the most money?

YES! Once you reach your fundraising minimum you will earn your spot as a rappeller and your 2018 Over The Edge t-shirt. The top 10 individual rappellers will become VIPs and will receive additional benefits. The top 3 Fearless Leader companies will also earn special VIP status.

Participants

Do I need to have rappelling experience to participate?

Not at all! We will coach you and help you to feel comfortable on event day. There will be a “Rappel School” before the descent.

Are there weight restrictions for rappelling?

Yes, participants must be between 100-350 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment.

Is there a minimum age to rappel?

No, but minors must have their waiver signed by a consenting parent or guardian.

What time will I rappel on October 17?

Two weeks before the event, by October 3, you will receive your scheduled time to rappel. You may request a broad time frame, (am or pm) but we cannot guarantee a time.

What if it rains on October 17?

Rain or shine we are still planning on rappelling. However, if the rain is more like a thunder and lightning storm or high winds, we’ll move the event inside the Cross Center!

What should I wear for the rappel?

You’re going to be walking down the side of the building so wear good shoes. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels or steel toed boots are permitted. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Do not wear overly loose or baggy clothing, or clothing with draw strings. The harness goes around your legs, waist and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. Long hair must be tied back. You will be given a pair of gloves and a helmet to wear while you rappel.

Can I wear a costume?

Costumes are allowed but are subject to the same limitations as baggy clothing. Every attempt will be made to safely fit costumes around harnesses and helmets. It is ultimately the decision of the Site Safety Supervisor. Head pieces that will not accommodate a helmet, obscure your vision or are notably large or heavy will rarely be allowed.

Can I rappel with my camera or other valuables?

  • We constantly worry about objects being dropped over the side, so personal cameras are not permitted. You won’t have a free hand to take photos anyway!
  • We will have professional photographer on the roof and you’ll receive the images after the event.
  • On event day, you will check-in droppable items like keys and cell phones, or jewelry that can get caught on things. No phones are allowed on the roof!
  • If you are using a GoPro it must be securely fastened to you to the satisfaction of the rappel staff. That said, we hope you will share your experience on social media outlets using the hashtag #OverTheEdgePCHC.

Can my friends or family take pictures of me from the roof?

Unfortunately, friends of the participants will not be allowed on the roof top. The roof is a restricted access area. PCHC will have an event photographer taking pictures from the roof, ensuring that each participant gets a picture of himself or herself going over. However, your family and friends CAN watch from the Over the Edge celebration, which will take place down below on the grassy area between the Cross Center and Paul Bunyan! This area will have the best view for photographs!

What will the day of the OTE event be like?

Planning is still in the works, but the idea is to make it very festive! Rappelling begins at 9 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. (unless we extend hours). Each rappeller will be announced when they rappel and cheered when they land. There will be music, food, games, raffles, and even a selfie station with Bangor’s biggest (literally!) celebrity all day long. Bring your friends and supporters! The day will end with a program and a party, complete with inspirational speakers, a band, and more!

Technical

Is Over the Edge safe?

Absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Further to this, our policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes. To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.

Who will be setting up the rappel gear and what are their qualifications?

All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. We also rely on the help of volunteers from local fire departments, SWAT teams and AMGA Guides to assist with the ropes. All have extensive training in areas like rope rescue and/or are instructors in rope rescue or climbing.

How old are the ropes? How often are they inspected and by whom?

The Over the Edge technical team regularly orders new ropes. They are inspected by our qualified technical staff at the start and end of each event. During the event, safety checks are performed for each person before they rappel, and every 2 1/2 hours the team re-inspects all the rigging.

Do I get to practice before the big rappel?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to practice before your big rappel. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building!

Ready to go Over the Edge?

For any questions or to become a sponsor, contact Sarah Dubay, (207)992-9200, sdubay@pchc.com