Workers rappel down AT&T skyscraper

Thrill-seekers raise money for Boy Scouts

Workers rappel down the 30-story AT&T building downtown to raise money for Boy Scouts.
Workers rappel down the 30-story AT&T building downtown to raise money for Boy Scouts.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly 100 business leaders were brave enough Friday to take the plunge over the AT&T building downtown to raise money for local Boy Scouts.

"It was awesome, and definitely the best part was kind of climbing over and then letting go, and you're like, 'Just me and the wind," said Julie Miller, who rappelled down the side of the building.

It was a first for thrill-seeker Miller.

"I got an email saying, 'I bet you can't do this,' and so I wrote back and said, 'I bet I would,'" she said.

The business workers were tossed over the side of one Jacksonville's tallest buildings.

"It was just exciting and fun, and everybody up there was cheering for you," Miller said.

"It's real adrenaline when you look up and then look down and you see the skyline of Jacksonville behind you," rope volunteer Laura Sperry said.

It may seem like the people rappelling down the 30-story building are just thrill seekers, but it was all for a good cause.

"I think it's exciting to be able to do something great for them and have a lot of fun while doing it, too," Miller said of the Boy Scouts.

"Right now we're at $100,000 and climbing," Jack Sears, scout executive of Boy Scouts of North Florida. "In fact, since I've been up here, I've been looking at my iPhone and we're still picking up donations."

That's up from the $70,000 raised last year by the event.

"This event helps us to raise awareness of what we're teaching young people in this community and across our nation," Sears said.

This was the second year the fundraiser has been held, and next year's is already planned. If you think you're brave enough to take the plunge, go to the Boy Scouts of North Florida website.