T he Coffee Memorial Blood Center kicked off its summer fundraiser, Over the Edge, Wednesday afternoon to help raise money for a new Bloodmobile.
For $1,100, brave donors and volunteers raised the funds to hold their spot for the 2-day rappelling event off the 10-story Eagle Center Building in Downtown Amarillo at 8th and Tyler. Local media, including Pronews 7, were asked to participate in a competition to see who could raise the most money for that cause Wednesday afternoon. Thursday, Panhandle residents and donors who raised money will also be able to rappel off the Eagle Center.
Funds collected from the Coffee Memorial Blood Center Over the Edge event will go directly to a new Bloodmobile.
"W e have an existing Bloodmobile, it's about 10-years-old and so we would like to keep it at mobile drives closer to home and use the new one to go out to our blood drives out of town," said Suzanne Talley of Coffee Memorial Blood Center. "We cover 31 counties in 29 medical facilities in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles."
Thursday morning, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers from around the Panhandle are invited to go "Over the Edge". Those looking to stay safe can watch the event from the ground-level at 8th and Tyler St. C offee Memorial and the City of Amarillo will have the streets blocked off for any spectators and supporters.
For more information on Coffee Memorial Blood Center, visit www.giftoflife.org.