Going “Over the Edge” for United Way of Allen county

Oct 2, 2023

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Sometimes, fundraising can be a daunting task, but it can also take you to new heights.

United Way of Allen County held its “Over the edge for United Way.” 36 brave soul mustered up the courage to scale down 10 stories by repelling down the Heller Home’s building on Berry Street in Fort Wayne.

Before heading down, guests would go through some training exercises and get geared up for the climb down. From there, the courageous participants would make their way to the roof.

Once up on the top of the brick building and main office of United Way of Allen County, professional safely secured those planning to scale the building to harnesses.

One of those people would be United Way of Allen County’s very own President and C.E.O. Rob Hayworth. Hayworth says hes actually terrified of heights. The President of the non-profit pushed past those fears because he remembered why they were hosting this event in the first place.

“In the back of my mind i just kept thinking i went over the edge to draw attention to student homelessness in our community so i kept on focusing on that as i was staring at the wall and NOT looking down and not looking down.” he said.

So far, the fundraiser already brought in roughly $30,000 according to officials. They also say they expected more to come in throughout the evening. The money raised today will go towards combating homelessness, food insecurity, access to mental healthcare, and expand educational opportunities to the local community.

Those interested in giving back to United Way of Allen County can do so on their website.

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