OVER THE EDGE

Res­i­dents rap­pell Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers for char­ity

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Emily Ol­son eol­son@reg­is­ter­ci­t­i­zen.com on Twit­ter

TOR­RING­TON » On Satur­day, more than 50 brave men and women bucked up with safety gear and rap­pelled their way down the side of a 14-story build­ing, Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers, to raise money for three non­prof­its in the city.

Tor­ring­ton’s first-ever “Over the Edge” fundraiser was a great suc­cess, with “Edgers” rais­ing 75,000 for Prime Time House, the North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil and the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Ed­u­ca­tion Fund.

Amy Wynn, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the arts coun­cil, JoAnn Ryan, pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Jeff Ged­des, pres­i­dent of Tor­ring­ton Sav­ings Bank, staff mem­bers from Prime Time House and nu­mer­ous oth­ers, with and with­out ti­tles, were among the “Edgers” to make the down­ward climb.

“It was fun,” Ged­des said, after com­plet­ing the event, dressed in a Spi­der­man out­fit. “Es­pe­cially since I’m afraid of heights. But some­thing hap­pens when you start — you’re go­ing down, and it’s just ex­cit­ing. I’d do it again.”

Ryan joined her col­leagues in the chal­lenge. “I won’t do that again,” she said with laugh, once she was on the ground. “But now I can say I did. I’m grate­ful to ev­ery­one who did this to­day.”

Sharon Hospi­tal pres­i­dent Peter Cordeau was cheered on by his wife Kar­leen and sons

“It was fun. Es­pe­cially since I’m afraid of heights. But some­thing hap­pens when you start — you’re go­ing down, and it’s just ex­cit­ing. I’d do it again.”

— pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Jeff Ged­des

Pierce and Pre­ston, who held up signs say­ing “Go Dad” as they watched him de­scend from the top of the build­ing.

“My brave hus­band, that’s him,” Kar­leen Cordeau said.

Wynn, dressed in a fluffy white tutu, pink rub­ber

boots and a fleece jump­suit, watched and waited for her turn do go over the side of the Tow­ers. “I’m so proud of all our Edgers,” she said. After her de­scent, she was flushed and happy, say­ing, “It was great — it was thrilling.”

Plans for the Over the Edge fundraiser be­gan in Jan­uary. Par­tic­i­pants were re­quired to se­cure at lesat $1,000 in pledges to take part, and at first, the re­sponse was slow. “We weren’t sure if it was go­ing to hap­pen,” Wynn said. “But then it picked up. People started to get ex­cited. It’s some­thing I hope we can do ev­ery year.”

Dave LaManna and his daugh­ter Sky par­tic­i­pate in chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, he said, but rap­pelling a build­ing was a first for them. “We like rais­ing money for char­ity,” he said. “Plus, we like the ex­cite­ment and the chal­lenge.

“I’d go again,” he added with a laugh.

EMILY M. OL­SON/ HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT MEDIA

North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil di­rec­tor Amy Wynn, dressed in a fluffy tutu and a printed fleece jump­suit, rap­pells down the 14-story Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers build­ing dur­ing Satur­day’s Over the Edge fundraiser.

EMILY M. OL­SON/ HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT MEDIA

Sup­port­ers and friends gather around an Edger at the event.

Tor­ring­ton Sav­ings Bank pres­i­dent Jeff Ged­des, dressed as Spi­der­man, makes his way down the 14-story Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers build­ing.

Edger Peter Cordeau com­pletes his Over the Edge chal­lenge dur­ing Satur­day’s fundraiser at Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers.

Peter Cordeau is joined by his sons Pierce and Pre­ston after com­plet­ing the Over the Edge chal­lenge.

Friends of Edger Martha Bern­stein of Litch­field show their sup­port.

Dave LaManna and his daugh­ter Sky both par­tic­i­pated in the Over the Edge chal­lenge.

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