By Glick Communications
On August 13, 2021, 74 philanthropists rappelled down 300 feet “Over the Edge” of the 23-story Keystone Group building in downtown Indianapolis, to raise money for United Way’s Basic Needs Fund. The Basic Needs Fund provides critical assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors, focusing on providing nutritious food, safe housing, healthcare services, and transportation. Each philanthropist was given three months to reach the goal of raising $1,000 before the rappel date.
Anya Stucky, a Digital Media Specialist at the Gene B. Glick Company, saw this as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause and cross something off her bucket list.
Anya said “the opportunity to rappel down one of the tallest buildings in Indianapolis is what caught my attention. After reading more about the event, I knew that I could raise the money and signed up. I felt really helpless last year, the pandemic devastated so many and I wanted to do something that would help people. I had made some donations to various nonprofits, but a goal this large and an event to draw awareness made me feel like I was making a much bigger impact in my community, and in the places that were hit the hardest.”
Anya’s fundraising efforts and matching support from the Glick Gives Fund resulted in over $2,000 being raised for United Way of Central Indiana’s Basic Needs Fund.
Glick matches team members’ charitable contributions through the Glick Gives program. The Glick Gives program allows Glick team members to support the causes they care about in the communities where they live and work. Since the Glick Gives Fund inception in 2015, Glick Gives has matched over $525,000 in team members’ contributions to charitable causes.
“I am so glad I decided to take part in this fundraiser,” said Stucky. “The rappelling was a fun incentive! The scariest part was at the top of the building when I had to get into position to descend. You have to “sit” into open air with the ground 300 feet below you. It went against every instinct that I had. Once I started making my way down, I relaxed and got to enjoy a beautiful view of the city.”
Together, 74 daredevil philanthropists and their respective donors raised more than $194,000 to help support United Way’s Basic Needs initiatives.