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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hyatt Hotel Has Big Plans to Throw People off Its Rooftop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Better make sure your hotel room curtains are closed...
  • Better make sure your hotel room curtains are closed...

At first glance, you would think that tossing potential clients from the roof of your office wouldn't make you a shrewd businessman.

But for the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco it seems to work. The hotel is continuing its very successful fundraiser of hurling people from the top of its 36-floor building, and getting money for it.

Thrill seekers who aren't afraid to rappel down the side of the hotel for charity should sign up now. Not just anyone can scale the 425-foot structure: It takes someone with nerves of steel and a lot of cash -- at least $1,250.

Needless to say, this is no cheap thrill.

The event, dubbed "Over the Edge" raises money for the Special Olympics Northern California. Participants can pay out of pocket, or they can gather donations from friends and family, said Valerie Owyang, who is managing the event.

"Most people hear what you are doing and what you are raising money for and think it's cool and worth their donation," Owyang said.

Sure it seems pricy, but clearly there are plenty of adventurous and generous people out there; last year, the event raised more than $143,000 for the Special Olympics, said David Nadelman, general manager of Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

It's not only the energy-drink-chugging, diehard extreme-adventure freaks who participate in this event. In fact, most of the participants are non-athletes who just want a different kind of urban experience. In other words, you don't need to be an ex-SWAT team member or professional rock climber to play. No prior experience is necessary; the only requirement is that you need to weigh between 110 and 300 pounds.

There are 30 spots still open for the event, which takes place on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"How many people can say they scaled a tall building in the best city in the world?"  Owyang said.

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