We have been happily pushing our “Do Something Different” promotion to kick-off 2018, so when Give Kids the World notified us of their latest fundraising efforts, we knew it was an opportunity to put our money (and our staff) where our mouths were! Brave members of the Contempo staff volunteered to raise at least $1,000 each in just about a month’s time – and then celebrate by rappelling 428 ft. straight down the Hyatt Regency Orlando on International Drive! “Team Contempo” is not one to go down quietly or bow out, so it was no surprise to see one of our Directors, Ian Pardoe, join our VP of Business Development, Sam Longster, making their way to the top of the Hyatt on February 9th to gear up for an exceptionally abnormal Friday afternoon “at the office”. In total, Team Contempo helped to raise more than $2,500 for Give Kids the World.
With a scheduled rappel time of 2:00 PM, the Contempo crew made their way to the Hyatt in support of our bold duo. Ian had just returned from a skiing excursion in Austria, and his wife joined him at the Hyatt – anxious to watch him tackle this extreme obstacle as well – jet lagged, sleep-deprived, and all. Though adventure is nothing new to Ian, who has regularly challenged himself with a variety of physical feats – back to his school days on a rugby team in the UK – he admitted that this was a bit different than his usual pursuits.
Sam is also not one to hide from a test of wills and might. Apparently, competing in multiple Iron Man competitions will do that to you! Sam is used to hard work, and contributing the community. When she’s not hard at work on Contempo business, she’s maintaining her microfarm (complete with goats, chickens, and rabbits) along with her husband. Together, they provide fresh, healthy edibles to the Winter Haven community. Sam’s father was all too happy to admire his daughter’s latest conquest from the safety of the solid ground alongside fellow supporters, including Contempo Director Don Wherrett.
Give Kids the World volunteers joined Village Mayor Clayton, Ms. Merry, Rugby and Reme for the day long event, cheering as two-by-two, the participants made their way down the building, to the ground below. In total, over $113,000 was raised from this event for Give Kids the World. We happened to hear some chatter about bringing this event back for an encore next year. You can bet we’ll be along for the ride if they do. In fact, Don himself seems to think he would like to give it a try. We have a whole year to work on steeling ourselves up to be as courageous as Sam and Ian!
Learn more about Give Kids the World, and the Over the Edge challenge here.