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DMC Foundation’s Over the Edge Fundraiser: A Second Annual Success

Article by: Jason Houlihan

Working to come up with unique, out-of-the-box ways to do fundraisers, the Del Mar College (DMC) Foundation built on last year’s success and paired again with Over the Edge to raise funds for student scholarships.

The second annual rappelling event, held Oct. 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina, garnered over $51,500 for student scholarships, surpassing last year’s net. DMC President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mark Escamilla and the College’s mascot, Valdar the Viking, led the way for more than 30 rappelers who descended 22 stories from the roof of the hotel.

Scholarships are the number one priority of the Del Mar College Foundation because scholarships mean access to quality education for our local citizens. Being able to raise this important support for local students through such a fun and innovative special event just adds to the joy of helping deliver those dreams of a better life for individuals and their families.
Mary McQueen, Executive Director of Development/DMC Foundation

Over the Edge is a special events company that stages the event for nonprofits around the world with organization leaders and community members raising donations in exchange for the experience of going “over the edge” and rappelling down a building.

New this year was the Wienerschnitzel “Big Weenie” zone for those who wanted to watch but not rappel. Other sponsors included presenting sponsor Flint Hills Resources, H-E-B, AGCM Inc., the Port of Corpus Christi, and NuStar Energy, who all had members of their staff rappel.

DMC promoted the event months in advance through a news conference, social media posts and a website banner, and a day was set aside for members of the news media to capture Escamilla rappel alongside Valdar.

Individuals can continue to support the DMC Foundation in its effort to raise money for student scholarships by making donations through the Foundation’s website (https://bit.ly/2zqRn9E).

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.