Riverside City Hall

Mayor Rusty Bailey and other Riverside officials on Friday will dangle off the side of City Hall in the first of two fundraising events that require participants to rappel down the Main Street side of the seven-story complex.

Habitat for Humanity’s first “Over the Edge” benefit is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday on the roof of City Hall. A second fundraiser is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the same location.

According to organizers, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization’s veterans services program, which supports construction of housing specifically for military vets.

Bailey and other city employees will be taking to the ropes for a slow descent, with the aid of outdoor professionals.

City spokesman Phil Pitchford said officials gave it a go last year at a senior living center, “and it was a blast.”

Individuals signed up Saturday have already raised $34,137. The goal is to reach $80,000.

More information on the event is available at http://www.habitatriverside.org/support/overtheedge/.

–City News Service

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