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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fundraisers to Rappel 400 Feet Off Union Square Hotel

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

JENNIFER R. KLEIN
  • Jennifer R. Klein

Friday and Saturday you might see (or be one of) 86 people who will rappel 400 feet down the 38-story Grand Hyatt in Union Square. Thrill-seekers? Probably. But they'll also be helping to raise money for the Special Olympics Northern California, which provides free year-round sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

It's the second year that the organization has hosted the event, partnering with Canadian rappeling company Over the Edge. You can sign up to do it if you dare -- all you have to do is pay a $25 registration fee and pledge to raise at least $1,000. Oh, yeah, and also not be afraid of hopping off the 38th floor on a rope.

Special Olympics Northern California spokeswoman Valerie Owyang says that Tuesday fundraising hit $100,000. She also says several companies including Lockheed Martin (duh) and Tesoro Corp. plan to send teams to rappel. Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns will also be among those descending. Palo Alto is among departments that help raise money for the cause.

People who want to rappel need to weigh at least 110 pounds but not more than 300. Otherwise there are few restrictions. Owyang says slots are still available.

For those of you whose legs are turning to jelly just reading this, you can watch from a safely grounded vantage point in Union Square (near the Levi's store), and thank the Almighty that you're not the one going over the edge.

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