Garden City, NY - May 17, 2017 - It’s not every day that you see individuals rappelling down highrises across Long Island. But on July 1, 2017, up to 92 brave individuals will scale the Tower at Nassau Community College all to help local children, families, individuals, and seniors struggling with basic needs in support of Hempstead-based EAC Network, a diverse and innovative human service non-for-profit, at its Over the Edge event.
Among the fearless are Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, NY Islanders legend and EAC Network Board Member, Bobby Nystrom, President & CEO of Zorn’s of Bethpage, Merrill Zorn, and Chabad Mineola’s Rabbi Perl. EAC Network will also send three more of its Board Members Over the Edge, including Carmine Inserra, Principal at NAI Long Island, Laura Palker, President at Trade Show Solutions Center, and Catherine Stanton, Partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, in addition to business leaders and community members who have found the courage to face their fears to help Long Islanders in need.
All participating rappelers – known as Edgers – are each raising donations in support of EAC Network’s 73 programs that help children who have been abused or who are in foster care, individuals suffering from mental health and/or addictions, vulnerable seniors, and more. Crowdfunding on average $1,000, each Edger is helping to not only raise much-needed funds for the organization, but also to raise awareness of the basic needs that thousands of people are lacking right here in our community. “If a child who has been a victim of exploitation has the courage to wake up in the morning and face the day, then I can find the courage to go Over the Edge,” said Sarah Muller, Development & Marketing Assistant at EAC Network, who is also participating in the event.
No experience is necessary to join as an Edger – all that’s required is the courage to do it. An hour before their scheduled rappel time, Edgers will go through a comprehensive training and a practice session to help get used to the harness, rappel device, and technique. Whether participating as an individual, team, or corporate group, there’s a way for everyone to get involved.
Companies can join the likes of Building Sponsor Nassau Community College, Drop Zone Sponsor Astoria Bank, Rope Sponsor M&T Bank, T-Shirt Sponsor Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP, Descent Sponsors CGAA, Inc., Nawrocki Smith, LLP, CPAs, PSEG Long Island, and WB Mason Co Inc., and Media Sponsors Anton Media Group, Blank Slate Media, and Newsday as an event sponsor.
Those who don’t have what it takes to go Over the Edge can still support the cause by making a donation to an Edger at www.eac-network.org/overtheedge/#support.
Anyone interested in adventurous activities, looking for a challenge or to check an item of their bucket list, wanting to Toss Their Boss, or just wanting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, can register for the event at www.eac-network.org/overtheedge or call (516) 539-0150 x123 with questions.
About EAC Network
EAC Network (www.eac-network.org) is a not-for-profit human service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 70,000 individuals across Long Island and New York City. EAC Network’s mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives. The organization has grown tremendously since its inception in 1969 and now offers over 70 diverse programs that address many of society’s core problems. People’s lives are being destroyed by addiction, families continue to struggle to overcome poverty, abuse, and neglect, and seniors face isolation and abandonment. EAC Network aims to build a better community one individual at a time.