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REALTORS® Launch Campaign to Raise $20,000 for Blair E. Batson Hospital

REALTORS® Launch Campaign to Raise $20,000 for Blair E. Batson Hospital

posted: 03/01/2018

REALTORS® Launch Campaign to Raise $20,000 for Blair E. Batson Hospital

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For the second year in a row, Central Mississippi REALTORS® (CMR) will be a participant in the Over the Edge with Friends of Children’s Hospital fundraising attraction. Participants raise money to enjoy the thrill of rappelling down a high-rise for a great cause.  The goal of Over the Edge with Friends is to raise $200,000 to support the sick and injured children of Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

On Tuesday, February 26th, CMR confirmed that Jo Usry, CEO, had accepted the challenge to be this year’s participant. She spoke candidly about her family’s familiarity with the medical professionals at Batson.  “I’m having personal experience with the skills and care here with a grandson who has been here once and will be here again in the Spring,” said Usry. 

Usry, an expert negotiator with 20 years of sales experience, has even brokered a deal with the Association’s leaders -- agreeing only to be “tossed over the edge” of the 14-story Trustmark Building if a fundraising goal of $20,000 has been met. REALTORS® have already raised nearly $3,000 within the first week after launching the contribution site.

Jeffrey Dillon, 2017 President of CMR, commented, “I might have lost my mind, but when someone approached the leadership of Central Mississippi REALTORS® and told us about this amazing fundraiser, I just couldn't say no. Dillon was the association’s first participant who exceeded his fundraising goal within the first month of launching his contribution site. “My wife still refers to this event as “The Tower of Terror.” While that experience was certainly terrifying for me, to say the least, we raised $4,150 for sick and injured children when our original goal was $2,500. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it, “said Dillon.

About Over the Edge with Friends

For the third year in a row, Over the Edge with Friends of Children’s Hospital will be the attraction you don’t want to miss in downtown Jackson, MS on April 21st as Edgers rappel down the 14-story Trustmark Corporate Office building to raise $200,000 for Friends of Children’s Hospital! There will be food, music and a children's area to enjoy on site while watching Edgers rappel. Learn more online at

“Toss Your Boss” is an internal campaign used to build team camaraderie and generate excitement within the office as a company’s team members join together to raise a minimum of $2,500 to Toss Your Boss (or co-worker) Over the Edge!

About Central Mississippi REALTORS®

Chartered in 1924, Central Mississippi REALTORS® is the State’s largest real estate association serving more than 1,900 licensed real estate agents, brokers, and industry affiliates. The association is "The Voice for Real Estate” and the only reliable source of accurate real estate information throughout Central Mississippi. Our region encompasses ten counties including Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Yazoo, Holmes, Attala, Leake, Scott, Simpson and Copiah. For additional information, visit