News 8 Supports 21 Stories for Scouts

- The annual "21 Stories for Scouts" fundraiser is set for Friday, May 16 in downtown Rochester.

The fundraiser will offer people the opportunity to rappel 21 stories (309 feet) down the outside of the First Federal Building in Rochester. News 8 Sunrise Anchor Ali Touhey participated in the event on Thursday.

"309 feet and 21 stories later my feet are planted firmly on the ground, but rappelling from the first federal building wasn't as easy for me as it sounds," Touhey said.

Going over the edge is meant to raise money for the Seneca Waterways Council and programs for Rochester's urban youth. Anyone can rappel for $1,000. Seneca Waterways Council Executive Director Stephen Hoitt says the funds are crucial to their after school programs.

"It goes to help our scouting programs for our low income communities, whether it be our inner city programs or our rural programs, it provides books and uniforms to kids who couldn't afford them and a lot of other programs similar to that," Hoitt said.

Hoitt expects to raise about $100,000. The public can rappel Friday morning beginning at 8:30.

To learn more about scouting opportunities in your community, follow the link.

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