Commissioner to Join Others in Rappel Down Wit Hotel

May 4, 2012

Press Releasse From Commissioner Fritcheys Office

CHICAGO – Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) will be joined by nearly 100 other adventurous Chicagoans this weekend when he repels down the side of the 27- story exterior facade of the Wit Hotel, located at the corner of State and Lake streets.

“When I heard about the Skyline Plunge, I simply couldn’t resist getting involved,” said Commissioner Fritchey. “A few months ago, I jumped into a frigid Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics, so in the spirit of adventure and fundraising for an exceptional organization, I’m plunging once again, only this time I’m starting 280 feet in the air.”

The Skyline Plunge! is hosted by Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, and is an urban rappelling adventure to raise funds and awareness for local lung disease research and programs. Many of the participants are personally affected by lung diseases and rappel in honor or memory of someone touched by asthma, COPD, or lung cancer. This year’s Skyline Plunge! aims to raise over $100,000 for lung disease research.

“Commissioner Fritchey has been a longtime supporter of Respiratory Health Association’s lung health policies,” said Joel Africk, president and CEO. “By rappelling off the Wit Hotel as part of our Skyline Plunge event, he is taking his support for healthy lungs to new heights.”