City of Sioux City, IA

05/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/19/2017 11:33

Going to Extreme Heights to Impact Children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland is asking people to jump off of a building once again this year to make a positive impact in the lives of Siouxland children. On Wednesday, June 14th participants will be going Over the Edge and rappel from the roof of the Howard Johnson Hotel building from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The event, presented by Blue Bunny Ice Cream, is free to watch and will be located on 4th Street in front of the Howard Johnson Hotel.

'This is the second year for the event and we expect this year to be bigger and better!' says Lori Twohig, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. Twohig went on to explain that last year 64 participants (edgers) took the leap, each raising a minimum of $1,000 to secure their spot. 'This year we have set a goal of sending 75 people Over the Edge - and with limited spots available we are encouraging people to get signed up soon!'

The Over the Edge for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland challenge is an amazing opportunity for local thrill seekers; it's a chance for them to participate in an extreme adventure while supporting a great cause.

'Many of the kids we serve are 'on the edge' themselves,' says Twohig referring to the many challenges that are in the lives of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. 'When these kids have a positive adult role model in their life they learn that there are many more options available to them, and they gain the confidence to 'make the leap' for those choices.'

This year has also brought out the competitive streak in some local people. 'We have a number of challenges out there this year,' says Twohig. 'There is a competition going between the South Sioux City Chamber and the Siouxland; Our top fundraiser from last year, Kevin Eekhoff from Northwest Bank in Le Mars has also challenged all area banks to try to beat his record from last year, and Jeana Goosman has also issued a challenge to area law firms to join them by getting involved with this year's event.'

Participants can register online at All proceeds from the event are used to help recruit, train, and match carefully screened adults with local children. Currently there are 40 children who are anxiously waiting to be matched with their Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family!

In addition to watching and cheering on edgers as they rappel down 12 stories, this year vendors from Food Truck Fridays will also be at the event, as well as other fun activities.

For more information about the event or the youth mentoring program, call 712-239-9890 or visit