9th Annual Big Jump Skydiving fundraiser in Monroe planned for May 11

The 9th Annual Big Jump is a day-long skydiving fundraiser to benefit ESP (Extra Special People). The annual event takes place at the Monroe-Walton Airport every year and the proceeds are used to support the ESP summer camp. This year’s event is scheduled for May 11, 2019.

Big Jump is a day-long event that begins at 10 a.m. with the first jump and runs until 6 p.m. The jumpers spend months leading up to the festival raising a minimum of $600. Then at the completion of their fundraising, they celebrate with skydiving.

In 2018, about 50 skydivers raised more than $150,000 for the ESP summer camp program. Anybody who missed out can get in on the fun next weekend. According to the ESP website, the Big Jump was the brainchild ofLaura Whitaker, M. Ed., who began her relationship with Extra SpecialPeople, Inc. by working as a counselor and, subsequently, a leadership team member in 2003 and then director in 2004 after the founder, Martha Whyllie passed away.

 “I had always wanted to skydive and I knew other people would want to check it off their bucket lists, too. Big Jump would be an extra push for people to jump and do it together for charity,” Whittaker said on the website, going on to add that after meeting with Skydive Monroe several years ago, the idea was formed for it to be superhero themed.
“We bring together food, fun, and entertainment to create a festive environment for watching our jumpers make their descent. In past years, there has been live music, pony rides, bounce houses, special guest appearances, crafts for the kids, and plane rides. So bring the whole family to spend the day at the Big Jump,” ESP, Inc. urged. “For the last six years, ESP participants, staff, board members, and community partners have become superheroes by diving for dollars. In 2016, 45 skydivers helped raise $60,000 to send some extra special people to their favorite place: ESP summer camp. Now it’s your chance to do the same.”
Find out more about the event at Extraspecialpeople.com – or just stop by the Monroe-Walton County Airport on May 13, 2017 and show your support in person.

What: Extra Special People -Big Jump Fundraiser

Where: Monroe-Walton County Airport
hosted by Skydive Monroe

To sign up to jump, sponsor a jumper, or volunteer for this cause, click or tap (HERE) for details.

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