ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 9, 2014 – Seneca Waterways Council Boy Scouts of America officials today announced their 5th annual 21 Stories For Scouts rappelling event will be held May 16 in downtown Rochester. The event takes place on the outside of the First Federal Plaza Building as dozens of people rappel 309 feet down the side of one of Rochester's most iconic buildings.
Event organizers stated that 61 people have already registered which puts them half way to their goal of 124 rappellers and raising $100,000. Last year, they raised $60,000 with 86 people rappelling. Event proceeds support youth development through Scouting programs that provide character development, leadership training, and life skills to nearly 12, 000 youth across the Council's five-county service area including low-income at-risk youth in urban settings; 40 afterschool Scouting programs serving nearly 1,000 youth in the Rochester City School District; and another 700 young people in traditional Scouting programs in the City of Rochester.
This unique "extreme" fundraising event is open to the community with pre-registration. Participants must be 14 years old and raise $1,000 in either a single contribution or through collected pledges, or $1,500 for a team of two. Event organizers noted that there are many ways to participate and support area youth in Scouting through this event: be a rappeller, sponsor a rappeller, rappel as a team of two, Toss Your Boss, or make general donation. The "Toss Your Boss" program was implemented three years ago as a fun way to engage businesses and employees. This year, the Council is encouraging companies to participate with employee teams and use the event as a team building opportunity. Corporations participating in this year's event with teams include Sweetwater Energy with two teams and Advantech/Precise with one team. To learn more, sign up or to sponsor someone, visit www.21storiesforscouts.org.
"21 Stories for Scouts challenges you to challenge yourself and push beyond your comfort zone to accomplish something you didn't think you could," said Stephen Hoitt, Seneca Waterways Council CEO. "It's a taste of what young men and women experience in Scouting every day."
While the community will rappel on Friday, May 16th, organizers invite the media to make the descent first on Thursday, May 15th. Local personalities set to make the 309 foot descent include:
|Adam Chodak (13 WHAM/Fox Rochester)
||Pat Taney (News 10 NBC)
|John DiPasquale (News 8 WROC)
||Chris Crowley (96.5 WCMF)
|Kev D (94.1 The Zone)
||Bill Moran (100.5 The Drive)
Also slated to rappel is Spikes from the Rochester Red Wings and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn.
Corporate sponsors include First Federal Plaza as an event partner, M&T Bank as a returning sponsor, and Kodak Alaris who provides in-kind services of photography. At the event, Kodak Alaris will have its KODAK Picture Kiosks, both in the building and on the street, enabling everyone to print their memories from the day. All Picture Kiosks will be wi-fi enabled, which means that in addition to using memory cards from phones, users capturing images with smartphones can easily transmit their images wirelessly to the Picture Kiosk for printing by simply downloading the free Kodak My Kodak Moments app, available for both iPhone and Android users. In addition, Kodak Alaris will print 8x10 photographs for each of the participants and provide to them at no charge. All images will be printed on Kodak's high quality thermal media, creating photographs that last a lifetime.
About Kodak Alaris
Founded in September 2013, Kodak Alaris was formed when the Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) of the United Kingdom, through its trustee, KPP Trustees Limited, completed its acquisition of the Kodak Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses from Eastman Kodak Company. The Kodak Alaris business is privately held by the KPP under the parent company for the group, Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited. The Personalized Imaging business provides ongoing innovation to market high-quality imaging products and services, serving consumers, retail partners and photography professionals through Retail Systems Solutions (including kiosks and in-store processing solutions), Event Imaging Solutions (including theme park imaging), Paper & Output Systems (traditional photographic paper and software) and Film Capture (still camera film products). The Document Imaging business helps organizations more intelligently capture and use information in business processes to maximize value. Kodak Alaris, which is licensed to use the Kodak brand, will focus on strategic, ongoing investments for these businesses to ensure long-term growth and success.
About Seneca Waterways Council
Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves more than 12,000 young people in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates Counties. The Council provides an educational program for boys and young adult men and women to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. More information about Seneca Waterways Council is available at www.senecawaterways.org.