Celebrities went “Over the Edge” yesterday to raise money to build homes for veterans through the Homes 4 Families organization. These celebs rappelled 25 stories down the side of the Hilton Universal City Hotel, helping to raise over $142,000.
The funds raised will go toward the completion of the remaining 24 veteran homes in Santa Clarita – Phase 3 of a 78-home veteran family community in Palmdale and North Hollywood.
Participating celebrities included:
Keesha Sharp, Fox’s Lethal Weapon
Liza Snyder, CBS’ Man With a Plan
Tanner Buchanan, ABC’s Designated Survivor
Elvy Yost, ABC The Catch
Ceciley Jenkins, YouTube Influencer
Carly Steel, correspondent for Entertainment Tonight
Carly Steel, Entertainment Tonight, Lisa McRee, host of Good Day
L.A., and Anna Konkle, co-star of Rosewood, served as announcers for the event which launched with an LAPD SWAT helicopter flyover and members of the SWAT team setting the tone by being the first to rappel to the pool below. Veterans rappelled as well to help raise money to build their homes. Live entertainment was provided by Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Broadchurch, Blindspot) who sang with a jazz ensemble. Also dropping by were music artist Meaku and current season Project Runway designer Batani Khlafani.
Homes For FamiliesTM took a unique approach to fundraising today and raised more than $142,000 to build homes for low-income veterans and their families. Eighty celebrities, veterans, business leaders, and SWAT team members took part, rappelling 25 stories from the roof of the Universal Hilton Hotel at the charity’s annual “Over the Edge for Veterans.”
Money raised at “Over the Edge for Veterans” will be used to complete the final 24 homes of the new 78-home Enriched Neighborhood® in Santa Clarita. The Enriched Neighborhood model provides more than just a home – it includes services such as financial literacy workshops and veteran-specific trauma informed services. This model has shown measurable outcomes in the neighborhoods built by Homes 4 Families for more than decade.
“Homes 4 Families has created an innovative model that provides full-equity home-ownership for veterans with key social services that help them transition to civilian life,” said Donna Deutchman, President and CEO of Homes 4 Families. “We strive to help veterans get back on their feet after serving our country and continue to grow and succeed.”
Sponsors at the event included Duct Testers, Drexel Hamilton, First Bank, O.C. Concrete, and Pacific Coast Civil. Lunch Sponsors were Prime Realty, Rosenheim and Associates, and Melissa & Hugh Roberts. Other Sponsors were FX Networks, Lionsgate Entertainment, Century Housing, California United Bank, and Sam, Joyce & Ben Wolfson and Family. Breakfast Sponsors were Century Housing, Barbara C. Oberman Insurance Services and Legacy Wealth Partners. Media Partners were RB Creative and Coast to Coast Radio. Additional sponsors were Weyerhauser, Underhill Insurance, and Hunt Braly.
The rappelling aspects of the event were produced by Over the Edge, a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations anywhere in the world. Participants are invited to raise pledges in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of rappelling over the edge of a prominent building.
About Homes 4 Families:
Homes 4 FamiliesTM empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class through affordable, full-equity homeownership and sustainable housing combined with holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Through its outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model, the nonprofit provides servicemen, servicewomen and their families with comprehensive wraparound services that equip them to succeed in civilian life, including financial education, therapeutic workshops, trauma-informed programs and veteran-to-veteran support. With more than ten years of research-backed experience and success, Homes 4 Families works closely with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and others to build permanent, thriving veteran communities.