WKTV's Pat Bailey rappels off Adirondack Bank building for Special Olympics fundraiser

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, people can pay to rappel from the Adirondack Bank building in Downtown Utica on Thursday, taking the plunge from atop 15 floors.

Every year, tens of thousands of athletes from the area compete in the Special Olympics and everything they do the week of the games is paid for them. That is why officials with the regional chapter say it is so important for them to raise money.

It's not your average fundraiser, with people strapping in, clicking in and rappelling down one of Utica's largest buildings, including WKTV's own Pat Bailey on his last day at the station.

"It's involving the participants to see firsthand how fun we are and what we can do to change the minds of people who think we are a simple organization," said Maria Alberico of the Central New York Special Olympics. "For competition, training, programs, transportation, hotel, food, lodging, anything our athletes participate in, they do not pay anything. The needed funds are to increase that participation."

The rapelling fundraiser is a trademarked event and has already been done in Buffalo.

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