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Rappeling for a Reason

Rappeling for a Reason

Friday, June 1, 2018

Capital Bank Building in downtown RaleighMegh Freeland, SSRI’s intrepid human resources manager, is not afraid of heights. To prove it, she’ll rappel down the side of the 15-story Capital Bank Plaza building in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m.

It’s all part of the New Heights day-long block party and fundraiser for Kidznotes, an organization SSRI has had an ongoing relationship with for years.

This work together includes a Bass Connections research team for the upcoming 2018–19 academic year, partnerships in data and evaluation to ensure they’re meeting organizational goals, and other support.

The aim is to fund the Kidznotes 50-piece orchestra for a year so they can continue to offer music education to high-need and low-income students in the Triangle.

As part of the fundraiser, and in partnership with Over the Edge, Kidznotes is offering the opportunity to rappel down the side of the 15-story building in downtown Raleigh.

“It’s a bad idea,” Freeland said jokingly. “But in all seriousness, it’s for a good cause and SSRI generously sponsored me to do it. It should be an incredible experience.”

The event will shut down Davie Street on Saturday, June 2, for a daylong block party and fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be food trucks, bands, coffee and snacks from Dunkin’ Donuts, and beverages from MATI Energy. Musicians from Kidznotes will be playing throughout the day as well. The event is free and open to the public.

Every $1,000 raised supports the cost of a child's instrument and 30 of their ensemble rehearsals over the course of a year.

And, as Freeland said, how many times do you get the opportunity to rappel off a tall building downtown?

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