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Community members brave heights to go Over the Edge for local nonprofits

‘Edgers’ scale Fraser Centre for a good cause

Community members rappelled 12 stories down the side of the Fraser Centre as part of the event Over the Edge to raise money for Interfaith Human Services and FaithCentre.
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Community members rappelled 12 stories down the side of the Fraser Centre as part of the event Over the Edge to raise money for Interfaith Human Services and FaithCentre.

With an uneasiness about heights, David Dimmick was a little hesitant about the rappel trip he’d signed up for, but after his 12-story trip down the Fraser Centre on Thursday, he was eager to see if there was another slot open to go again.

Dimmick was one of about 70 people who rappelled down the Fraser Centre in downtown State College. They were all there to support Interfaith Human Services and FaithCentre, which put on the Over the Edge event that began around 9 a.m. from the roof of the building.

A crowd below cheered, rang bells and shouted words of encouragement as the “Edgers” scaled down the building.

“Over the Edge does an amazing job with safety — I had three safety checks before going down,” said Dimmick, who is a co-founder of FaithCentre and sits on the board. “Each person made you feel like you were the only person they were checking all day.”

Jane Wettstone was one of the spectators in the crowd below as she waited for her husband, Jerry Wettstone, to make it down.

“I was very nervous about Jerry doing this — I like my feet on the ground,” she said.

Jerry Wettstone is on the IHS board.

“When our other board member Marie Cameron, who is 82, said she was going down, I knew I had to as well,” he said.

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Marie Cameron lowers herself to the ground from the roof of the Fraser Centre on Thursday during the State College Over the Edge event. Abby Drey adrey@centredaily.com

Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson stood among the crowd after he’d rappelled down and cheered on his friend Dave Snyder of 98.7 The Freq radio station.

The 72-year-old mayor was quick to jump on the opportunity to rappel.

“I had never done anything like this before,” Wilson said. “As I get older I am looking for new dangers.”

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Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson gets ready to rappel from the roof of the Fraser Centre on Thursday as part of the State College Over the Edge event to raise money for FaithCentre and Interfaith Human Services. Abby Drey adrey@centredaily.com

To be able to rappel during the one-day event, Edgers had to raise at least $1,000 and some, like Wilson, raised more. He was the second largest fundraiser with a total of $3,275, which he raised mostly with the help of his high school graduating class of 1964.

The two organizations were expected to net nearly $80,000, which will benefit families in need in Centre County.

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