After hearing about Over the Edge for the first time at the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Summer Games in Stevens Point this past summer, Ashley Dobbe knew she wanted to give it a try. Not because she likes participating in risky activities or doesn’t mind heights – she confesses extreme sports have never been her thing and she is a tad fearful of the long descent – but because it’s for a great cause.
"I don't think it's something I would have ever gotten around to doing if it weren't for Special Olympics," Ashley says. Now that she’s well on her way to raising the $1,500 minimum, she’s looking at it as a bucket list type experience.
Ashley, a police officer for the Kenosha PD, became involved in Special Olympics when she worked a Tip-a-Cop/Guardian’s of the Flame Luncheon a few years ago at Texas Roadhouse. After that, she was hooked. A polar plunge and a State Games later, she is continuing to support the Special Olympics athletes she has met along the way.
"They all have such an amazing and upbeat attitude. I find them incredibly inspiring," she says.
Ashley will be the one inspiring people come October 7 as she rappels down The City Center at 735 in downtown Milwaukee . She is still in the process of raising money, but shares her best fundraising tip – tell people why you’re going Over the Edge. Personal Special Olympics stories and experiences really resonate with people. Also, ask everyone and anyone! This includes friends, family, co-workers, and business acquaintances, plus people they know as well.
While Ashley is currently looking for donations, one place she will NOT look as she’s rappelling is down!