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Al's Comment:

 From our friends at ABC2 and the Tug McGraw foundation - an interesting fundraiser.

Posted on: 08/19/2013



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 Superheroes from the worlds of business, sports and media to rappel down San Diego’s tallest building to save lives


SAN DIEGO,  Calif. (August 13, 2013) – Summertime is the season for superheroes.   While the Man of Steel  is saving the Earth from destruction on the big-screen,  real life superheroes are signing up to rappel down San Diego’s tallest building to wipeout one of mankind’s deadliest diseases:  brain cancer.  


Registration is now open for Over the Edge for Brain Cancer.  On November 2 and 3, exceptional leaders from the worlds of business, sports and media will rappel down from the 40th floor of the picturesque Manchester Grand Hyatt – San Diego’s tallest waterfront building.   Proceeds will benefit Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2 ) and fund San Diego-based brain cancer research.   


“Brain cancer is one of the most challenging and underfunded diseases,” said Max Wallace, CEO of ABC2.  “Sometimes it takes extreme measures to make extreme impact.  Supporters of Over the Edge for Brain Cancer are real life superheroes with courage and determination to help save the lives of brain cancer patients. ”


The two-day event springs into action with VIP/Media Day on Saturday, November 2 from 1–5 p.m.   An extraordinary group of brain cancer avengers, including CEOs, sports stars and media celebrities will rappel down the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  VIP rappellers from San Diego’s brain tumor research community will include: Max Wallace, CEO of ABC2, Jennifer Brusstar, CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation and Dr. Bob Carter, Chief of Neurosurgery as UCSD Medical Center.    The fearless rappellers will celebrate their feats of daring at the “Liquid Courage” reception from 6-8 p.m. 


The main event is Sunday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring 50 brave “Edgers” rappelling as individuals, “Toss the Boss” teams and “Superheroes” (rappelling in honor of a young brain cancer patient).   Spectators and supporters are invited to gather on the pool deck of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego to cheer on their favorite “Edger” while enjoying high-energy entertainment, tasty food and delicious beverages. For those not brave enough to take the leap but still interested in supporting the cause, there will be a special “Chicken Coop” participation option available.


ABC2’s “Fantastic Four“ partners include: The Beer For Brains Foundation, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Over The Edge and The Tug McGraw Foundation.   Sponsors, media partners and participants can register today at   The fundraising minimum commitment for an individual is $1,500, “Toss the Boss Edgers” - $2,500 and “Superhero Edgers” - $3,500.  All participants must be 16 by the event date and weigh no more than 300 pounds.   


“Edger” slots are limited and filling up fast. For more information on sponsorship, volunteering or to claim an “Edger” slot please contact




Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is a venture philanthropy 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain tumors.   Through strategic partnerships with medical research centers, early-stage biotechnology companies and large multi-national pharmaceutical companies ABC2 has awarded more than $20 million in brain tumor research funding to highly qualified investigators and physician-scientists from 42 institutions.  For more information, please visit:


About Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Located on the Gaslamp Quarter’s waterfront, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego overlooks San Diego Bay and many rooms offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean too. This urban resort defines San Diego’s skyline and is comprised of two stylish towers, the 33-story Seaport Tower and the 40-story Harbor Tower, the latter of which is 497-feet tall, making it the tallest building on the west coast waterfront. Connecting the two towers is a four-story building that boasts a rooftop pool with a 25,000 square-foot deck. The stylish Hyatt includes 95 newly renovated one-and-two-bedroom suites, Kin Spa with a full-service salon and an adults-only pool at adjacent Kin Oasis, tennis courts, bay-view pool and deck, a fitness center and several award-winning restaurants and lounges –most all overlooking the bay. It is adjacent to Seaport Village, near Horton Plaza and convenient to San Diego International Airport, San Diego Zoo and Sea World. In 2012, the hotel began a multimillion-dollar renovation, and completed the transformation of the 1,628 guest rooms and Executive Lounge in spring 2013. The hotel will proceed with additional updates including the renovation of the suites, meeting spaces, Kin Spa, fitness center, and food and beverage outlets including the iconic Top of the Hyatt. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by 2015. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at





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