Thrill-Seekers Wanted to Rappel from the Roof of Planet Hollywood; Event to Benefit Special Olympics

Thrill-Seekers Wanted to Rappel from the Roof of Planet Hollywood; Event to Benefit Special Olympics
For adrenaline junkies looking for a little 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 (Picture: photo from 2012  Over The Edge in Reno event – Photo credit:

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 online giving site “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, Oct. 12, with a preview day. Rappellers will start their descent down Planet Hollywood on Saturday, Oct. 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 or join us at Facebook /SONevada and Twitter @SONevada.