Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing will host the inaugural Over the Edge with Autism Speaks event in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24th. Individuals walking the Penn’s Landing waterfront will have another amazing sight to see, 23 stories up as they witness thrill seekers rappelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing to raise money for Autism Speaks’ mission.
From local executives and media personalities to family and friends of individuals with autism, these dare devils will brave new heights to generate vital funds for autism research and help raise awareness about the nation’s fastest-growing serious developmental disability that now affects one in 88 children, including one in 54 boys.
This is all part of a very exciting fundraiser for Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
This is the first time that Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing has partnered with Autism Speaks for the inaugural, Over the Edge with Autism Speaks event in Philadelphia. Over 75 individuals will be signed up to scale down the side of the Hyatt on August 24th to help benefit Autism Speaks. “We are proud and pleased to work in partnership with Autism Speaks and Over the Edge to support the important work done by their staff and volunteers every day” said Mike Costello, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
To secure a rope, each participant in Philadelphia is required to a raise a minimum of $1,000 for the opportunity to go OVER THE EDGE WITH AUTISM SPEAKS! Only 76 slots are available and will go to the first people who register. Participants must weigh between 110 and 300 pounds. A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver for minors under the age of 18. Thrill-seekers and other brave souls who would like to sign up for this year’s event can visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia is located on Penn’s Landing overlooking the Delaware River and adjacent to the most historic mile in America. The hotel features 348 guestrooms in addition to 24,000 square feet of flexible function space including the 7,400 square-foot Grand Ballroom, and the 3,800 square-foot Columbus Ballroom. Keating’s River Grill offers waterfront views, enticing menu options and a lounge area with signature cocktails. A short distance from historical attractions or nightlife entertainment, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia is the place to stay when traveling for business or pleasure. For reservations or information, call Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at 215-928-1234 or visit http://www.pennslanding.hyatt.com
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $199 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.