Habitat Announces Hang out with Habitat 2017

Gulfport, Miss. (July 19, 2017) – Imagine being high above the Mississippi Gulf Coast, taking a deep breath and stepping out “over the edge” to rappel 300 feet down the IP CASINO RESORT SPA from the 32nd floor.
Now imagine turning the key to your own home for the first time; A home that you were finally able to purchase after working hard for months with a financial counselor to become mortgage-ready.

On Saturday, October 14, a limited number of participants will experience the thrill first-hand when Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) brings back the popular “Hang out With Habitat” urban rappelling fundraising event to the Gulf Coast.  Funds raised by this fun event will go towards building a home in Harrison County, to provide just that homeowner experience for a hard-working family on the Gulf Coast. Registration is open now for those who dare to rappel for a reason and support Habitat’s mission.

“This is the third year for our Hang out with Habitat fundraiser. It’s truly a unique experience to offer on the Gulf Coast,” says Director of Development, Lindsay Avery. “We are excited to engage our community in this awesome experience while raising the money to build a new home for a Coast family. It is an opportunity to check off a ‘bucket-list’ item while helping Habitat MS Gulf Coast provide Strength, Stability and Self-Reliance to hard working families on the Coast.”

“The opportunity to go ‘over the edge’ at the IP is an extraordinary way to recognize, celebrate and commemorate the organization’s progress while raising essential funds for its future,” said Duncan McKenzie, Vice President and General Manager of the IP Casino Resort Spa and Chairperson for this year’s Hang out with Habitat event.

Stable, quality shelter is proven to improve self-reliance and community contribution. Children that grow up in homes like the ones Habitat MS Gulf Coast builds are known to do better in school and typically continue their education after high school. All funds raised in our Hang out with Habitat fundraiser go directly towards building a house in Harrison County for a hard-working family. Ground breaking will be in September, allowing supporters to have an opportunity to help put hammer to nail and build the home they are financially contributing to.

Habitat is looking for supporters to rappel for a reason, and go over the edge on October 14th. Participants, called Edgers, must commit to raise or donate a minimum of $1,000 will get the chance to rappel 300’ from the 32nd floor of the IP.  Event sponsorships are also available, with packages that offer benefits and company recognition as well as rappelling spots. No skill or previous rappelling experience is required to be able to participate. There are a limited number of rappelling spots available for the event, so sign up soon. For more information about the event and to register to rappel for a reason, go to www.HangOutWithHabitat.com .

A professional rappelling company will oversee all safety and logistics for the event. More than 25,000 rappelers have safely participated in over 500 “Over The Edge” events since 2003. Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast hosted the first “Hang out with Habitat” event in Mississippi where Governor Phil Bryant was a VIP Edger along with Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and various local media representatives.





About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 1,100 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.


Lindsay Avery, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, (228) 678-9123 / (516) 319-8128 lavery@hfhmgc.org