WANE 15 goes ‘Over the Edge’ of downtown building

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Event is a fundraiser for GiGi's Playhouse

Are you brave enough to rappel over the edge of a 14-story building? Personalities at WANE 15 took the challenge!

Alyssa Ivanson, Sierra Tufts and Taylor Williams each went “Over the Edge” of the Lamplight Inn at 300 E. Washington Blvd. on Thursday, as a precursor to the public event Friday. The event is a fundraiser for GiGi’s Playhouse of Fort Wayne.

Watch Alyssa’s descent here:

Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 90 people who have raised at least $1,000 for GiGi’s Playhouse will get the chance to rappel 14 stories down the side of the Lamplight Inn, with bird’s eye views of downtown Fort Wayne all around.

In total, 45 people registered to go Over the Edge. A total of $33,656 was raised for GiGi’s Playhouse. GiGi’s provides free therapeutic education programs for individuals with Down syndrome.

This event in particular aims to bring awareness to the organization and break down barriers about people with Down syndrome, because they’re rappelling, too!

“It’s so important for us to get out there, because with Down syndrome they wear their diagnosis on their face. And so everyone has these preconceived ideas of what they can and cannot do and the limitations. And so we’re here to breakdown those barriers like the Kool-aid man,” says Holly Tonak, executive director of GiGi’s Playhouse.

This is the second year of the event.

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