YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A fundraiser in Youngstown has people rappelling down the side of a building, including WKBN 27 First News Anchor Stan Boney.
Stan rappelled down the 18-story Metropolitan Building downtown Friday afternoon, all for the Over the Edge fundraising event for the Beatitude House.
Once he was secured in the harness, Stan began his descent, testifying that the first step is the hardest.
One of the ropes is run through a pulley and a lever on the pulley acts as a throttle.
“It’s very safe. We have a lot of safety measures built in to what we do,” said Casey Ramsey with Over the Edge. “We run this just like an industrial site. It’s not recreational activity, even though it’s fun.”
Stan dropped slowly, passing offices with desks and furniture. Not too long into the rappel, he realized it was somewhat physically exerting.
Three minutes and 43 seconds after taking that first step off the roof, he was back on solid ground.
Later in the evening on Friday, the Metropolitan Building was all lit up as Over the Edge allowed people to rappel for the first time at night. Eleven people, including two of the Ursuline Sisters who run the Beatitude House, took part.
On Saturday, people who raised $1,000 will have their chance to rappel down the side of the building.
The Beatitude House serves homeless and disadvantaged women and children in Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.