Wilmette’s Nick Saule takes a fall to raise $71,000
Nick Saul of Wilmette rappelled 27 stories down the side of the Wit Hotel | Photo courtesy of Balani Custom Clothiers
The Skyline Plunge!
BENEFITING: Respiratory Health Assn. of Metropolitan Chicago
DATE: Sept. 8
LOCATION: Wit Hotel, Chicago
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:08AM
Balani Custom Clothiers, a family-owned menswear company based for more than 50 years in Chicago, supported their clothing consultant Nick Saule, a Wilmette native, as he went over the edge.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Nick embraced his inner James Bond and took the Sky Plunge!, rapelling 27 stories down the Wit Hotel’s signature lighting bolt (201 N. State St., Chicago).
Inspired by the upcoming James Bond film, “Skyfall,” Nick was decked out in a custom Balani tuxedo while dangling 278 feet above a bustling State and Lake intersection. To capture every moment, he accessorized his tux with a bowtie and HD helmet cam. The event raised $71,000 via 50 participants to benefit the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and its battle to fight lung disease and other disorders such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD.
“As Chicago’s only urban rappelling adventure, Skyline Plunge! Chicago is a unique event,” said Gina Schwieger, senior director of special events for Respiratory Health Association. “But this event is about more than the experience. More than two thirds of our participants are personally touched by lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD. Their stories and commitment to raising awareness and funds to support local lung disease research and programs are truly inspiring.”
For more general information on the Skyline Plunge visit skylineplunge.org/eventinformation.html.
For more information about Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC), please visit lungchicago.org.
For more information about Balani Custom Clothiers, see BalaniCustom.com.