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People Go Over The Edge To Support Duluth Businesses

Updated: 07/09/2014 10:15 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 8:37 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

It's a fundraiser for people not scared of heights. People will be raising money for the Greater Downtown Council Thursday by rappelling from a nine-story building on Superior Street.

"I'm getting nervous," Reporter Laurie Stribling said.

Stribling gave Eyewitness News a sneak peek at the event.

"I feel like I'm ready for action in this outfit right now," Stribling said. "I got all these straps on, got the helmet and the GoPro camera. I'm ready to rock."

With a little step over the edge and a lot of courage, Stribling said her fear was gone and courage was mounting.

"That 130 foot rappel you did is one of our shorter rappels," Randy Stocker, with Over the Edge, said. "It's truly a great step for our first time rappelers."

Stocker helps put on the event all over the country for non-profit organizations. This week it is all for the GDC.

"Money is going to our zero-interest revolving loan funds," GDC President Kristi Stokes said. "It's to help our businesses so they can use it to make improvements to their storefronts."

People have to raise at least $1,000 each before going over the edge.

"I think we've built a really great crowd," Stokes said. "Great weather, a lot great vendors and our businesses are out there."

There are still slots available for rappels Thursday. It goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sellwood Building.

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