KU School of Medicine–Wichita
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS, 67214
July 08, 2019
Project Access is hosting a new and exciting event on Aug. 29 and 30 at the Ambassador Hotel - Access the Edge. This fundraiser will help the organization raise essential funds to continue its 20-year history of coordinating donated health care for the uninsured population of Sedgwick County.
Sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, participants have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the 14-story Ambassador Hotel.
Local dignitaries will show their support for Project Access by being the first to rappel on Aug. 29 at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. VIP dignitaries will include: Gordon Ramsay, Wichita police chief; Tammy Snow, Wichita fire chief; Jeff Blubaugh, Wichita vice mayor; Lacey Cruse, Sedgwick County commissioner; Jim Howell, Sedgwick County commissioner; Shelly Prichard, Wichita Community Foundation president & CEO; Bonnie Bing, local celebrity and Wichita Eagle columnist; Carol Linnens, former Kansas State Board of Education member; and Ken Schmanke, a fourth-year medical student at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Prichard, Bing and Linnens are members of the 4-Wichita Advancement Board for KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Those going on Friday include Shelley Duncan, executive director of Project Access; and another KU School of Medicine-Wichita medical student.
Of the physicians and other health care professionals who volunteered their time through Project Access and have seen at least one patient since Jan. 1, 2018, to now, at least 68% of them were KU School of Medicine-Wichita physician faculty members and they saw at least 62% of the patients. KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty are from the following fields: anesthesiology, family and community medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, radiology and surgery.
There are many fun ways in which rappelers can participate. Event registration is available online at ote.cphcp.com and a $50 registration fee secures one of 76 rappel slots. Participants raise a minimum of $1,000 in tax-deductible donations through crowdfunding, which is available on the event website.
Another participation opportunity is called Toss Your Boss. Workplaces raise $1,000 through potlucks, jeans days and other fun activities and then can toss their boss, coach, teacher or other leader over the edge. If any of the leaders match the organizations' contributions, they can choose someone else to go over for them.
Afraid of heights? One doesn't have to "access the edge" to participate. Grab a lawn chair and come cheer on the rappelers. Alternatively, people can choose to be one of the ropes volunteers or registration volunteers. More event information is available on the website or call Michael Cayless, Project Access development director, at 316-688-0600.
Access the Edge media sponsorships are provided by Times-Sentinel Newspapers, KMUW NPR and KSN-TV.KU School of Medicine-Wichita