On Saturday, September 11-12, 2020, the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center will once again take their “fundraising to new heights” with a unique and thrilling event.

Partnering with WBKO, Med Center Health, Team Health, Stadium Park Plaza and Over the Edge Global, supporters of the Child Advocacy Center will be rappelling Stadium Park Plaza to raise funds and awareness for children who have been sexually abused.

Since 2008, Over the Edge Global has helped non-profits raise more than $100 million and put 89,000 fundraisers safely “Over the Edge.”’ Now, Bowling Green and the surrounding region’s residents will have the unique opportunity to rappel from a building in the heart of downtown Bowling Green among the cheers of family and friends. This year we will also offer a Livestream of the event so that family and friends can watch wherever they are.

Individual rappelers or “Edgers” as they are called, commit to raising $1,000 for the Child Advocacy Center to secure their rappelling position.

To register or learn more, visit www.bracac.org. Only 92 spaces are available and 49 of those are already taken. VIP rappels will take place on Friday from Noon-1 p.m. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available with recognition on-site and through social media as well as corporate team-building opportunities. Rappels begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and will continue throughout the day until 5 p.m.

The Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center serves the ten-county BRADD region providing services to child sexual abuse victims by offering a safe, child-friendly location where professionals work together to pursue justice and offer treatment. We strive to hold offenders accountable for crimes against children. Therefore, we have trained forensic interviewers who conduct recorded interviews with child victims, so they are not forced to repeat traumatic experiences multiple times in several different interview settings. In addition, we have volunteer physicians who conduct medical exams, as needed, and mental health clinicians who are trained in the assessment and treatment of those who have endured the trauma of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The Center also provides child advocates who coordinate all services and work with each family. All of the Center’s services are offered free of charge.

Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center (BRACAC) is funded through private donations, state and federal grants, and foundation grants. Unfortunately, we are busier than we have ever been. This year the Center served over 800 children. With a 66% increase in the number of children served over the past three years, it is critical that we identify opportunities to raise additional funds so that every child victim receives trauma-informed care and every effort is made to bring perpetrators to justice.

We are currently seeking additional sponsors for the Over the Edge event. Sponsorship opportunities include Landing Zone and Livestream Sponsor. If you would like additional information or to meet to discuss this opportunity, please feel free to contact Tracey Young, Event Co-Chair at 270-791-6929 (cell) or traceygardyoung@gmail.com, or BRACAC’s Director, Jennifer Bryant, at 270-535-0693 (cell) or Jennifer.Bryant@bracac.org, or call the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center at 270-783-4357.

— Staff reports