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TPD Chief Dugan, Jane Castor to rappel 17 stories for Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 25, 2019

Brian Dugan, the current Tampa chief of police, and Jane Castor, a former chief who was recently elected to be Tampa’s mayor, highlight a group of more than 40 brave souls who will rappel 17 stories down the side of the Hilton Downtown Tampa in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.

The annual event, called “Over The Edge,” will be held from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, with participants (called Edgers) rappelling the north face of the Hilton Downtown Tampa (211 N. Tampa Street). To be eligible, each Edger must raise a minimum of $1,500 – the cost of supporting one match between an adult volunteer (called a Big) and a child facing adversity (called a Little) for a year in the Big Brothers Big Sister mentoring program.

Chief Dugan is scheduled to descend at 11:30 a.m. Former chief and recently elected Tampa mayor Castor will follow at approximately noon

“Big Brothers Big Sisters does extraordinary work to foster relationships for kids to thrive,” said Chief Dugan, “and I’m excited to go ‘Over The Edge’ in support of their commitment to our community.”

In addition to the two TPD chiefs, State Attorney Andrew Warren will go Over The Edge for the second consecutive year, this time joined by his father. Lightning mascot, ThunderBug is also scheduled to participate.

Tampa Police Chiefs plan to Rappel 17 stories in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

“We are very proud of and grateful for all our Edgers in this unique event,” said Stephen Koch, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. “The funds they raise will allow us to defend the potential of approximately 90 children in our community, who can benefit in so many positive ways from having a Big Brother or Big Sister in their young lives.”

The event has a number of local sponsors, including Flowbird and Paradise Ventures. There is still time to participate in this year’s Over The Edge event. Go to https://bbbstampabay.org/event/over-the-edge-2019/ for more details and registration.

Over The Edge Fundraising Goal is $90,000 for 2019

Last year, Over The Edge raised $80,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. The goal this year is to raise $90,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay provides one-on-one, professionally supported mentoring for children facing adversity throughout the Tampa Bay area. Last year, more than 3,000 children were paired with an adult volunteer who serves as positive role models, with impressive results: Of the children who were matched for a year or more in 2018, 97% percent were promoted to the next grade level, and 98% had no involvement with the juvenile justice system.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network and holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity – often of a single or low-income household or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military – with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Tampa Bay agency was awarded the Pinnacle Award for 2018, the organization’s highest honor. More than 3,000 children, an agency record, were served in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties. For more information please visit https://bbbstampabay.org.

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