If you see people dangling seven stories above downtown Wheeling on Saturday, don't worry. They are doing their part to help raise money for the YWCA. "Over the Edge" is a one-of-a-kind event, being held for the first time.
Over the Edge is sending anyone who is willing to repel down the Stone Building. Participants will suit up, be trained by professionals and perhaps face their fears while helping the YWCA. After signing up, many people raised money to take part. Organizers said picking a thrill seeking, boundary pushing fundraiser was not a coincidence.
"Our mission is eliminating racism and empowering women and if this is not the most empowering thing you've ever done, then shame on us. But this is facing your fears, overcoming discomfort, and that's what our clients do every day," said Lori Jones of the YWCA.
For people going over the edge, there is no lack of support from down below. Crowds can cheer on people as they make their way down the more than 100 feet of the building.
7 News Anchor Rachael Dierkes went "over the edge" on Friday afternoon. She said it was the most amazing experience she has ever had, but that her legs felt like Jell-O afterward.
On Saturday, Wheeling's police and fire chiefs, Senator Rocky Fitzsimmons and many others will also repel the building. For more information on how you can still get involved, you can visit ywcawheeling.org.