On The Edge, (OTE), was established as a 501c3 in 2008. 2019 marked our 12th year. The founders, Dianne & Robert Kasper, have a child with autism and 30+ years of water skiing experience. They have been successfully designing and fabricating adaptive water ski equipment for adaptive people during this time. The foundation has many able bodied and adapted volunteers that work tirelessly to help build equipment, make ropes & learn all of the safety procedures for these events. OTE’s key designs include an adjustable seat binding, carbon ski, swivel ski, ski fly chair, surf board, triple bar & ropes & handles. OTE has had the privilege of putting over 10,000 adaptive people up on the water for water sports (skiing, kayaking, boat rides, fishing & many other activities). Currently we annually average around 3,500 people on the water, through our partnering philosophy with other organizations that utilize our training and equipment.
They have already successfully created a lot of equipment, including over 30 adaptive skis and 40 adjustable bindings that look like seats. OTE has won various awards and has been recognized for its contributions and community service. It has been called an innovative force in the adaptive water ski world. OTE provides equipment to other foundations that become founded due to the influence of OTE, or travels to attend their events to provide the water feature service.
OTE participated in one of the 1st adaptive pyramids & our equipment was used to break 2 world records for most adaptive skiers behind one boat. We support USA show ski teams & The USA disabled team. We have received an award from Oasis & have been featured 3 times in water skiing magazines. OTE appeared in Water Ski Magazine for putting ski boats on a private lake in Gettysburg, PA in 1996. We have been mentioned in local newspapers and cable networks for our contributions. We have won an award from The American Water Sports Industry. OTE won an award from the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association for its contributions to the sport.
OTE partners with over 30 organizations, including water ski teams, health systems, adaptive, veterans, big brothers/big sisters organizations (to name a few) in the USA. OTE training and/or equipment has been represented in 28+ states including; California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland, North & South Dakota, North & South Carolina, Alaska, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana.
One unique feature about OTE is the feeling of community and being included in a group of people who are caring and willing to help. Our young volunteers learn a wide range of things, including how to fix equipment, how to drive a boat, how to overcome challenges, how to care for others, how to give back and feel a sense of fulfillment from it, and just how to grow up being hard-working, responsible young adults. Our participants tell us over and over again how in just one day, they make lasting friends and feel connected to a nurturing, fun and empowering community. These are some of the hidden magical gems that OTE provides across the nation and beyond, by just doing what we love to do and what we do best. The feeling of camaraderie and friendship is instant and long-lasting.
Co-Founder, Board Member
Marketing/Social Media/Event Planning
Jaime Bonifay is a leader in process engineering helping to exceed customers expectations while also leaning the process to be more efficient. She works at TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, as a Business Excellence Program Lead within the Business Process Transformation department. Jaime is passionate about creating connecting communities and in addition to serving on the board for On The Edge, she also serves on The Women’s Resource Center board and supports numerous other organizations through volunteering and donations. Jaime is married to her husband Tim Bonifay, an avid boater and water skier, and together they have three children.
"On The Edge is one of the best organizations I have worked with. They create a connected community for their clients and their families allowing people to do what was perceived to be unimaginable. They enable ability to all."
Glenda first found her love of charity work, when she joined Women for Women International’s as an unpaid intern in fall 2008. That same year, she hosted her first fundraiser raising $200; and shared many stories of female entrepreneurship in war-torn countries. In 2009, she traveled to Pascuales, Ecuador to help build a school for underprivileged children through Children of Guayaquil. For months before the trip, she fundraised and collected clothing and calculators to bring to Ecuador. In 2011, she was nominated as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year candidate, and raised $40,000. She took over as Executive Director for Dreams For Kids DC (DFKDC) in September 2011. Over the past five years, she has developed numerous corporate partnerships, engaged hundreds of new volunteers and empowered hundreds of children with disabilities. The empowerment these children feel and learn from all of DFKDC's activities propel them through school, work and life. She also owns Elpis Experience, a PR and Events firm, where she dedicates one event per year to a charity. Despite having two start-ups, she still finds time to support other charities, such as Mama Hope, LLS, UrbanLight, and more!