Marion Cultural Alliance to host ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser for rappelling enthusiasts

Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) is offering residents the opportunity to go over the edge of a seven story building in Ocala this Saturday, May 18.
“MCA has teamed up with the special events company, Over the Edge USA, as well as presenting sponsor, Ocala Electric Utility, to provide this exclusive opportunity for our community. Funds raised from the event will help support MCA and nonprofit arts organizations through its Cultural and Individual Artists grants” said Lisa Lombardo, Over the Edge Ocala event chairman and HDG’s Chief People Officer.
The rappelling event begins at 9 a.m. at Springhill Suites by Marriot. Over the Edge Ocala will be staffed with highly trained industrial ropes specialists who will ensure a safe rappel. Registration continues online at or onsite, the morning of the event. For those who wish to support the arts but don’t want to rappel, donations may be made at
Participants had to raise a minimum of $1,000 to rappel. All edgers will be treated like VIP’s with paparazzi on hand. “Celebrity” edgers include Ocala Police Department Chief Greg Graham, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Marion County Board of County Commission Chairman Michelle Stone, County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes, Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership’s Kevin Sheilley, Ocala Symphony Orchestra Maestro and City Council member Matt Wardell, and Kid’s Central CEO John Cooper to name a few of the nearly 40 brave individuals.
For those who prefer to stay on the ground, Ocala Breeders’ Feed and Supply is sponsoring The Chicken Coop housing those individuals who raised funds to stay firmly on the ground.