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Philadelphia Event Provides High-Altitude Fundraising

Posted: Nov. 6th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Hoping to gain both visibility and raise some much-needed funds for Outward Bound, a charity that promotes and provides outdoor experiences for inner-city youth, they area holding an event that will have donors rappelling down the side of a 20-story building in Philadelphia. Sounds a lot more fun than many charitable dinners I've attended in my day, how about you?

So little time, so many galas, so many 10Ks, 7Ks, 5Ks. OK, and way too many bake sales and golf tournaments. So much money, so exhausting, so worthy, yet so boring:

What's a charity to do?

How about asking people to pay $2,000 to rappel off the side of a 20-story building to benefit Outward Bound Philadelphia?

That's what will happen on Thursday and Friday as 61 people - including Mayor Nutter - get themselves strapped into harnesses and lower themselves, step-by-step, 280 feet down the glass-windowed walls of Penn Center Plaza Tower 3 in Center City.

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