Going Over The Edge for Charity

WHEELING – Still feeling the adrenaline rush from going over the edge of the Stone Center building on Friday, Martins Ferry resident Don Feenerty described his rappelling experience as “amazing.”

Feenerty was among the 10 people who rappelled down the side of the building to raise money for the YWCA of Wheeling. The fundraising effort will continue at 9 a.m. today on the Market Street side of the building in downtown Wheeling.

Participants had to raise at least $1,000 for the chance to rappell down the building that is eight stories, or about 126 feet, high on the Market Street side. A fundraising company, Over the Edge, is conducting the rappelling.

“I’m still flying,” Feenerty said.

Feenerty’s wife, Angela, who is a YWCA board member, is slated to rappell today.

“I thought it was more fun going quickly than slowly,” Don Feenerty said.

Shelley Thomas, representing WesBanco bank, said the first step over the edge was the most difficult to do. She dressed as Supergirl for the occasion.

“At first I was sweating. … I want to do it again – that was fun. I felt like a pro,” Thomas said.

Lori Jones, YWCA executive director, said the rappelling would continue through about 2 p.m. today despite possible rainy weather – as long as there is no lightning or winds reaching 25 mph. And though she is scared of heights herself, Jones is slated to rappell at about 10:20 a.m.

About 60 people already are signed up for today, but Jones said if more people show up to do it and have the money in hand, they will be added to the list. To rappel, one must be at least 12 years old and weigh between 100-300 pounds.

The money will be used to continue the Y’s programs, which include helping women who are victims of abuse. The fundraising goal is $50,000. As of Friday evening, $38,085 had been raised.