90 SOUTH FLORIDIANS RAPPELED OFF THE JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS MIAMI, RAISED MORE THAN $115,000 FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN LIBERTY CITY

Bride Rebecca Shackelford and groom Carlos Gato exchange vows atop the JW Marriot Marquis Miami on Sept. 5, 2013.

Bride Rebecca Shackelford and groom Carlos Gato exchange vows atop the JW Marriot Marquis Miami on Sept. 5, 2013.

In an adrenaline-rushing demonstration of their commitment to improve the lives of Miami children and families, 90 South Floridians went “Over the Edge” on Sept. 6-7, rappelling 19 stories (200 meters) down the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131. The second-annual event raised $115,000 for Miami Children’s Initiative, a nonprofit organization improving Liberty City by investing in every child. Participants included local community, civic and business leaders, elected officials, celebrities, philanthropists, and members of the general public.

The organization’s signature “Over the Edge” fundraiser, unique in South Florida, this year featured a new twist: a social media contest, “Wed Over the Edge,” to identify one lucky couple who would exchange wedding vows atop the downtown Miami hotel before rappelling. The winning couple, Rebecca Shackelford and Carlos Gatos, received a wedding cake, champagne, dinner at the hotel’s db Bistro and a free honeymoon night’s stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, all compliments of the hotel. The bride rappelled in a wedding dress donated by Chic Parisien.

“The success of this event was extraordinarily moving,” said Cecilia Gutierrez-Abety, managing director of Miami Children’s Initiative. “Having 90 people literally go ‘over the edge’ for Miami’s children is a testament to the power of community when solving social issues. We’re proud of all of our participants and extend our heartfelt gratitude for making this year’s Over the Edge the most successful yet.”

“We are committed to investing in our community and are proud to be a part of Miami Children’s Initiative’s success,” said Paul Pebley, director of sales and marketing at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

More information is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.org or by contacting Cecilia Gutierrez-Abety at (305) 636-2227 or at cgabety@miamichildrensinitiative.org

In an adrenaline-rushing demonstration of their commitment to improve the lives of Miami children and families, the first “Over The Edge” rappellers, Aubrina Mumford and Les Bradley, prepare to go 19 stories down the JW Marriot Marquis on Sept. 5, 2013.

In an adrenaline-rushing demonstration of their commitment to improve the lives of Miami children and families, the first “Over The Edge” rappellers, Aubrina Mumford and Les Bradley, prepare to go 19 stories down the JW Marriot Marquis on Sept. 5, 2013.

About Miami Children’s Initiative

Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City, one of South Florida’s most challenging and promising neighborhoods, into a more prosperous community. Like the Harlem Children’s Zone project, Miami Children’s Initiative takes a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child.  In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, Miami Children’s Initiative provides a unified continuum of support, education and care that begins before birth and continues through college and career. More information about Miami Children’s Initiative is available atwww.miamichildrensinitiative.org.

 

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven Salon & Spa and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.

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