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Building Adventure 2013 To Benefit Philadelphia Outward Bound School

(Photo credit: outwardboundphiladelphia.org)

On Friday, October 18, “Philebrities” including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Senator Vincent Hughes will join business owners and area youth as they embark on their rappel adventures, beginning 31 stories high, down the One Logan Square building for “Building Adventure 2013,” to benefit programs at Philadelphia Outward Bound School.

Celebrating its second year, the fundraiser is designed to reflect the school’s “innovative youth development work” which encourages youth to “challenge themselves, discover untapped potential, and use it to make positive change in the world.” The adventure requires individuals to raise two thousand dollars in order to participate in the adventurous rappel. Funds raised will benefit students from under-served communities in Philadelphia and teens who have suffered a tragic loss, among others.

The school’s Executive Board Director Katie Newsom Pastuszek spoke excitedly about the fundraiser, saying, “This is our second year of our signature ‘Building Adventure’ fundraiser, and it’s proven to be a very unique and very meaningful way for us to engage people in philanthropy.” She added, “The rappel perfectly aligns with what we do at Outward Bound. We ask our students to embrace new, unfamiliar situations; to take positive approaches to life’s challenges; and to discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership in the process.” She concluded, exclaiming: “And we also have fun!”

Mayor Michael Nutter (Photo credit: outwardboundphiladelphia.org)

Mayor Michael Nutter (Photo credit: outwardboundphiladelphia.org)

Philadelphia Outward Bound School was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1941, with an overarching philosophy that “challenging learning expeditions can yield character development, leadership skills, and service mindedness.” The school’s programs encompass environmental awareness and stewardship throughout the region, and also emphasize the importance of a good overall health in individuals.

This Building Adventure will enable those outside of the school to do as Pastuszek said and embrace an unfamiliar situation, while having fun. The donation provided will enable individuals to participate in an exhilarating experience to be remembered for a lifetime.

WHEN: Friday, October 18 2013



One Logan Square Building
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA. 19103

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