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A "special olympic" event taking place at Seneca casino

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Nearly 100 Western New Yorkers will be taking a risk at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino today. That risk is not letting it all ride on red. Instead, it is rappelling more than 350 feet down the side of the structure. The effort, called "Over the Edge," is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Individuals raised at least $1000 each in order to participate in the nerve-rattling descent. Mortgage Loan Officer Carla MacDougall tells WBFO why she is taking on the challenge.

"My daughter has a rare chromosome deletion, and I'm trying to make more awareness, make it a disease that's accepted so that people can bet services. And my sister, Barb, is crazy and talked me into it."

In all, 80 rappellers will scale the 27 stories of the casino. MacDougall alone raised more than $10,000.

The event begins this morning at 10 and will continue until 6 tonight.

Saturday & Sunday 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.