Over The Edge Event Helps Special Olympics

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) -- Call it extreme fund raising.

The Special Olympics of New York helped 100 residents face their deepest fears on Thursday, allowing them to rappel from the 26 floor of the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

This is an Over The Edge fundraiser for Special Olympics -- everything benefits our athletes," said Renee Snyder, development coordinator for the Special Olympics. "And basically what people are doing is they're raising money, about $1,000 for a chance to rappel off the building."

The descent down to the bottom is 250 feet and takes anywhere from five to 20 minutes, depending on how fast rappelled want to make it down.

The Special Olympics raised $100,000 in the event.