(Washington, D.C.) – WGTS 91.9 morning hosts Jerry and Blanca, and midday host Becky Alignay recently played “daredevils” for a good cause. The three of them rappelled down the side of the 17-story Tysons Corner (Va.) Hyatt Regency Hotel for the “Over the Edge” campaign.
The “Over the Edge” event raised awareness and funds for “Helping Haitian Angels.” Based in the Washington D.C. area, this ministry runs an orphanage for abandoned children in Haiti. Hundreds gathered at the plaza to witness Jerry, Blanca, Becky, and other participants rappel down the building. Afternoon hosts Johnny and Stacey Stone broadcasted live during the event, and the station team handed out goodies and free ice cream.
Morning co-host Blanca Vega admits her knees were shaking when she first stood on the ledge and prepared to lean back. “As we walked up the stairs to the roof, we saw posters with pictures of the kids in the ‘Helping Haitian Angels program,’” said Vega. “It gave my crazy task a purpose! Some signs read, ‘Because of you I get to go to school,’ and ‘Because of you I feel safe.’ Honestly, they were my motivation to get my feet over the ledge of a 17-story building! I did it for the kids in Haiti.”
In total, 80 people rappelled and raised over $288,000, which will go directly to taking care of Haitian orphans.