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Idaho Potato Commission goes 'Over the Edge' for Idaho’s Special Olympics

by | July 19, 2010
Idaho Potato Commission President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Muir was the first volunteer to go 'Over the Edge' to help raise funds and awareness for Idaho's Special Olympics.

"It was an absolute thrill, professionally, personally and physically to rappel off a 14-story building for a great organization like the Special Olympics," Mr. Muir said in a July 15 press release. "The IPC has been a strong and long-time supporter of the Special Olympics, and it was an honor to be invited to participate in this unique event."

Over the Edge is a new and exciting fundraiser for Special Olympics Idaho through which willing volunteers were challenged to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the opportunity to rappel off a commercial building in downtown Boise, ID. Dozens of participants harnessed up and climbed down the Hampton Inn & Suites on South Capitol Blvd.

As a sponsor of the event, the IPC had its mascot, Spuddy Buddy, on the ground giving away special blue-jacketed Spuddy Buddies that commemorated the Special Olympics World Winter Games that were held previously in Boise. The unique Spuddy Buddies came complete with a carabineer and attached card recognizing those who went Over the Edge. Spuddy Buddy also posed for photographs with attendees.

Special Olympics Idaho is a non-profit organization that provides training and athletic competition in 15 Olympic-type sports, year-round and free of charge to over 2,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through the state of Idaho. Special Olympics programs, with over 1,000 volunteers, offer athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skill and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.