Over the Edge is a large event thrown by Big Brothers Big Sister of the Greater Miami Valley in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The event focuses on raising money, through donations. As a result, those who raise the goal get the privilege of repelling off the Key Bank high-rise. Dozens of brave donation recruiters spend the day repelling down the side of the building amidst onlookers, music, and food trucks. Dozens of businesses sponsor this Big Brothers Big Sisters event.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provide mentoring opportunities to youths unlike any other programs available. The one on one interactions of the Bigs and the support of the staff really work in changing the lives of youths for the better. As a result of this program, Michael grew up to work in law enforcement for nearly two decades. Consequently he retired honorably and decorated for his service in Houston, TX as a police officer. None of this would have been possible without the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the introduction to Harry.
Big meets Little:
Harry spent close to 20 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mike was not his first match but he was his last. He loved being apart of his community and took on the role of volunteer at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Harry delighted and helped raise the spirits of sick children that were patients of the hospital. In addition, Harry had spent over 50 years in the entertainment business and had previously retired from COX Media. Therefor he was the perfect person to bring smiles to young faces. Harry was well loved by his coworkers and friends and was an advocate for animals. He was an avid dog lover.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has always been an integral part of our owner Michael’s life. He was matched as a Little Brother at age seven to a Big that remained his friend for thirty-two years. His Big, Harry Schrager, sadly passed away suddenly in August 2017. Michael has decided that the legacy Harry left behind must include the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Additionally, the benefits he shared as a result of that matched friendship should continue to be available within the local community.
How You Can Make a Difference:
Harry’s personal story has come to a close but it lives on through Michael. Most of all it can continue to live on through the help and support of the community. Big Brothers Big Sisters needs adult volunteers to become mentors to youths on waiting lists, for volunteers at events, and for donations. Your donations of time are priceless. Most of all your monetary donations go towards background checks for potential Bigs so that a child can have a lifelong mentor.
Donate today. Text “BIG” to 243725 or call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 937-220-6855 and find out how you can become apart of this community.