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Mar 312014


Planet Granite Sponsors Outward Bound as part of PG Gives Back!

City Skyline

Last week, local celebrities, politicians, and nearly one hundred San Franciscans (and 4 Planet Granite Managers!), took part in the City Skyline Challenge – a free-hanging rappel 230 feet from the roof of the Hyatt Regency at 5 Embarcadero Center.

Even for the most seasoned of climbers, it was a unique experience!

“It was definitely the most unique rappel I have done since it was free hanging and so beautifully exposed! I mean really, what a way to look at Market Street!” said Kalie Patterson, a Project Assistant at Planet Granite.

Jacquelyn Moore, PG Project Manager, described the event as “Fantastic from start to finish! I’ve always loved heights from years of climbing so getting the chance to rappel off a building in the middle of SF was a special treat. Best way to start a Friday!” 

Kalie & Brian

Kalie and Brian taking in the view while getting geared up. Kalie holding on tight!

The City Skyline Challenge event raised funding for Outward Bound scholarship programs. Each participant donated a minimum of $1500 for the chance to rappel (check out their 23 Stories of Change leading up to the event).

Planet Granite, a participating sponsor, donated $20,000 to Outward Bound’s scholarship program for low-income students in California!

This donation was made as part of the PG Gives Back Program ‘$1 per member per month’. 

Jackie & Abbey

Jackie taking the first step off!  Abbey and Jackie enjoying the ride down. 

Outward Bound is on a mission to change lives through challenge and discovery. Their adventure-based education programs are known world-wide for using boundary-pushing experiences to teach strength of character, leadership and a desire to serve the greater good. 

In 2008, Outward Bound launched its first West Coast urban-based “Center” in San Francisco (“Bay Area Center”) following the successful establishment of other Centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, New York and Philadelphia in the 1980s and 1990s. Urban-based Centers reach more under-served urban youth populations through a menu of programs that promote personal transformation using the natural and historical settings of cities and their surrounding areas.
(Learn more about Outward Bound here.)

Through the support of donors like Planet Granite, they have engaged more than 4,000 students since 2008 with life-changing experiential education programs in both wilderness and urban settings!

Celebrity rappellers included David Chiu (San Francisco Board of Supervisors President), Lou Seal (mascot for the SF Giants), Phil Ginsburg (General Manager – San Francisco Recreation and Parks), Guy McIntyre (former 49er Offensive Linesman and 3X Super Bowl Champion), California Senator Mark Leno, and KNBR Sports anchor Kate Scott.

Both days of the event went smoothly with clear skies, beautiful views of the bay and many happy faces.

*Stay tuned for next year!* 

Sponsors of this year’s event included: Planet Granite, Wells Fargo, Hyatt Regency, 7×7, Fort Point Capital, the St. Francis Foundation, Aspiriant, PR and Company, and Organic Events.

Photo credit: Rikki Dunn and Outward Bound

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