Community Service Projects – Exciting Action,

Expand Horizons of Youngsters Less Fortunate than Ourselves.

Inland Empire Chapter PSA was Lead Sponsor of a Community Service Project, June 23-24, 2011, to publicize Special Olympics Washington by photographing Rappellers going “Over the Edge” of the 21-story Bank of America Financial Center – Spokane.

This unique Special Olympics Washington fund-raiser raised awareness of the adaptive athletic programs for people with intellectual disabilities, providing them the opportunity to participate in their own communities, develop belief in themselves, and experience championship achievement – and $54,000 in Cash was donated.

Eleven volunteer photographers contributed 46 hours of their “through the lens” skills, witnessing and capturing the adrenaline rushes of Rappellers for two active days as they took that first step into 264 feet of space, the exhilaration as the safely harnessed participants reaching the ground and receiving medals from Special Olympics athletes, and “Spiderman” views from telephoto images taken from a nearby building of the daredevils who had each contributed $1,000 in Cash for the privilege of Rappelling.

PSA, Spokane Camera Club and photographer friends were generous in contributing copies of all of their images by immediate download to the Special Olympics computer for free Website sharing with “Over the Edge” Rappellers and the public, while image ownership was retained by the volunteer photographers.

Benefits to Volunteer Photographers

How many people have the opportunity during their lifetime to photograph a city from the highest vantage point in town, expanding their comfort zones, while harnessed and tethered for their safety?

Our volunteer photographers shared the thrills of fear, awe, adventure and celebration of the Rappellers, while deservedly proud of the contribution of their own time and talents to increase public awareness and stimulate cash contributions to promote Special Olympics Washington.

Our team of eleven volunteer photographers collectively contributed more than 3,000 images for immediate free usage by Special Olympics Washington to publicize their mission.

The enthusiasm and cooperation of our Volunteer Photographers was outstanding! Thank you to PSA members Adriane Borgias, Bob Griffith, Steve Whitacre and Otto Stevens. Also, Deke Cloyd, owner of On the Edge Media Group, provided two of his professional photographer employees, Josh Hess and Chris Vennum as half-day volunteers.

Otto Stevens, PSA Volunteer Photographers Chair – Special Olympics Washington Fund-Raiser.

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