Vernon County prosecutor takes the plunge; Ewing skydives to help raise money for two organizations to help stop child abuse
Vernon County Prosecutor Lynn Ewing III was willing to go to extremes in an effort to raise money for the Southwest Missouri Children's Center.
According to a news release, the Children's Center expects to register more than 1,000 child abuse cases in 2012.
With his participation dubbed the "See if the Prosecutor Goes Splat" campaign, Ewing's $1,000 goal earned him the opportunity to cast himself out of a perfectly good airplane in the third annual Take an Extreme Step to STOP Child Abuse event held at the Butler airport Sept. 22.
Ewing reached the ground in good condition and to date has raised $1,186 so far, topping his $1,000 goal by 19 percent.
"It was pretty cool. I really enjoyed it," Ewing said of the experience. Jump master Mike Hackmeyer of Butler kept asking if Ewing was nervous.
The plane took off from the Butler airport and, "That last minute-and-a half before we went out the door was really hard; my heart was pounding," Ewing said; but the 14,000-foot tandem dive was a success.
Donations will be accepted online through Oct. 22, at https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/LynnEwing.
The Children's Center is a not-for-profit agency which serves southwest Missouri children who are severely physically abused or sexually abused, its Web site said.
The skydiving event also benefited Sunflower House, a child advocacy center in the Kansas City area. Sunflower House's mission is to protect children in Johnson and Wyandotte counties from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, forensic and medical services, its Web site said.