Want to Rappel from the Roof of Planet Hollywood onto the Vegas Strip?


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(Wed Sept 19, 2012)
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A First in Las Vegas – Thrill-Seekers Wanted to Rappel from the Roof of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to the Strip
Only 80 spots available to rappel 300+ feet forSpecial Olympics Nevada fundraising event

If you love the thrill of Las Vegas, but are looking for some new “thrills” that won’t get you into any trouble, jump right in to this adventure.

 Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is offering the opportunity to rappel more than 300 feet from the hotel’s rooftop  for “Over the Edge,” a fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Nevada.  To participate, individuals must raise or personally donate a minimum of $1,000 to Special Olympics Nevada.  Fundraising is done by soliciting donations from family, friends and co-workers through the “Over the Edge” online giving site www.overtheedgelasvegas.com.  “Raising the money to rappel is not a challenge once you explain what you are doing and that you are raising money for Special Olympics athletes in southern Nevada.  People either think you are cool or crazy, but no matter what, they recognize their donation is worth the cause it supports,” says Maggie Schwarz, Special Olympics Nevada’s Regional Vice President.
“We are thrilled to serve as host of this year’s Over the Edge event,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “Rappeling down the side of one of Las Vegas’ most recognizable properties is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it benefits a great cause.”  Caesars Entertainment, parent company of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has sponsored the event for the past two years at sister property, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The events raised more than $150,000 to benefit local children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
“We are proud of our three-year partnership with Special Olympics Nevada and hope this year’s event sees even greater success,” added Hoenemeyer. The “Over the Edge” event will kick off on Friday, October 12, with a preview day.  Rappellers will start their descent down Planet Hollywood on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  No experience or prior training is required to join.
Maggie Schwarz asks, “How many people can say they rappelled over-looking one of the most famous streets in the world, Las Vegas Boulevard? The experience is crazy and unique; and the benefit to the athletes of Special Olympics Nevada is colossal.”
Special Olympics Nevada is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 3,000 athletes compete in 19 competitions throughout the region in 8 sports.  This requires the extraordinary support and time of 3,243 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Nevada visit www.sonv.org or join us at Facebook /SONevada and Twitter @SONevada.
(Pic of Planet Hollywood via VegasAllNight.com)