by Teri Link

Have you ever wanted to rappel off the edge of a historic building with hundreds of people watching? If so, United Way is happy to help fulfill it!

Every year since 2019, dozens of people have participated in the Over the Edge challenge and rappelled down the eight stories of the historic Hotel Julien Dubuque. They did it for fun and money. Although throughout the year United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States raises funds in a variety of ways, including workplace campaigns, corporate donations, and residential appeal letters, Over the Edge is the only participatory event of its kind that they hold each year.

United Way has been an established nonprofit organization in Dubuque and the surrounding area for over 90 years. Their goal is to connect people with the resources they need to live better lives. Not only is United Way a non-profit in it’s own right, but it also acts as an umbrella organization to the multitudes of other nonprofit groups in this area. Their fundraising efforts help the other nonprofits find the resources that are needed by community members.

Over the Edge will be held on Friday, September 10 from 1 PM to 6 PM at the Hotel Julien Dubuque. So far, 37 people have signed up to participate this year, although that number could increase closer to the date of the event. Each “Edger” (as they are called) commits to raising a minimum of $1000 for the right to go over the edge.

To read this and other featured articles in their entirety, pickup the September 2021 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. Click to subscribe for convenient delivery by mail, or call (563) 557-1914. Single issues are also available in print at area newsstands and digitally via the Issuu platform.

Julien’s Journal, the Dubuque area lifestyle magazine, is a monthly regional feature magazine for and about Dubuque and the tri-state region.

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