Mayor, celebrity guests to rappel down Blockade Runner


Taking a break from traditional fundraisers like walks or galas, a Wilmington nonprofit will be raising money by sending their supporters rappelling down the face of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort this weekend.

DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit that exposes children to the arts, will pair with adventure company Over the Edge to rappel participants down the eight-story building.

A few celebrity guests will rappel on the VIP day Friday, Nov. 18. Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, will be among the featured guests. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Patricia Kusek, New Hanover County commissioner elect, are also registered to rappel in support of the nonprofit. Wrightsville Beach Mayor Bill Blair may participate too, if his travel schedule allows, he said. 

“After campaigning for the past 12 months for New Hanover County Commission, I can’t imagine anyone more ready to go over the edge than me,” Kusek wrote on her donation page.

Public participants take their turn rappelling on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before they can do so, they must individually raise $1,000.

Over the Edge is a peer-to-peer fundraiser that pulls support from the sum of individual fundraising. As a whole, DREAMS has set a target fundraising goal of $80,000.  As of noon on Nov. 16, the group was 61 percent toward its target.

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