Boston: Residents ready to go “over the edge” to help Special Olympics

What’s your idea of a nice Saturday? A bike ride by the river, or a picnic at the park perhaps? How about rappelling 23 stories down the side of a Boston hotel building; Lenny Coppenrath says that’s what he’ll be doing this Saturday. He says he’s doing it because he likes it, and because it helps raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts.

“Over the Edge” is a fundraising event for SOMA which gives participants who raise at least $1,000 the chance to rappel down a building– this year it will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency, Boston on July 22 and 23.

“People are making donations to the Special Olympics, and that will help fund all the programs that Special Olympics puts on for all the Special Olympians in Massachusetts,” said Coppenrath.

For Lenny, it’s also a family affair: Lenny’s daughter, Sara, is part of his team, “Emily’s Edgers”.

“My dad brought up the idea. It’s a great cause, obviously, it seems like a lot of fun–it’s not something you do everyday,” said Sara.

And they’re both doing it in honor of family member, Emily, who is a participant in Special Olympics.

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Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."