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Over the Edge for Charity

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
It’s not everyday that you get the chance to rappel off the side of an 11-story building. So when members of the New York Islanders front office heard about the opportunity to go “Over the Edge for Charity” of the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, it was an experience they couldn’t pass up.

“We work throughout the year to get our players involved in various charitable events around Long Island, but we thought going ‘Over the Edge for Charity’ would be a great way for our front office to get involved in giving back to our community,” said Islanders Senior Sales Executive Steve Beisel.

The Islanders got the idea to participate in this event when Beisel was approached by Family Residence and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), one of his many sales accounts and also one of the non-profits that will be receiving funds from this year’s rappel.

FREE is a non-profit organization which provides differently-abled individuals residential and employment opportunities in order to help them become contributing members of our community.

To get started, Beisel has assembled a team of 10 employees and friends who’ve pledged to raise a total of $10,230 in order to participate in the event, which will provide much needed funds for members of our community with autism, mental retardation and other special needs. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11.

“The really cool thing about this event is that people with special needs also participate in the rappel,” Beisel said. “You may have someone who is 15 or 16-years-old who is differently-abled and they’re going down the side of the building too. It’s really great for everyone to participate.”

Charitable endeavors have always been a large part of the Islanders commitment to the growth of our home on Long Island, and while various players participate in to charitable endeavors throughout the year, it’s come time for Islanders employees to take the plunge.

“I’m a little nervous,” said Beisel. “I’m a little afraid of heights. I don’t mind being in a building and looking out the glass windows, but looking over the edge… I remember being at the stratosphere in Las Vegas and saying, ‘This is high,’ when there is nothing stopping me from falling.”

The Islanders team includes Justin Johnson (Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships), Alexa Conforti (Assistant to Vice President of Operations), Katrina Doell (Manager of Digital Media), Marc Gerstein (Senior Sales Executive), Rob Hoffman (Manager of Partnership Marketing), Ariel Greenberg (Sales Executive of Tickets) and two friends of the team.

At this time, Beisel – the honorary captain – has held one open spot on the team in the case that the Islanders will have a “celebrity” rappel, which will be determined at a later date.

Hosted by the National Foundation for Human Potential (, this year’s funds will be donated to Child Development Center of the Hamptons (CDCH), Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) and the Police Veterans Association.

For more information about the event, or to help the Islanders team make a difference, please call Steve Beisel at 516.501.6700.
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