TAMPA — He may be a rising star in political circles, but Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren was going nowhere but down Saturday.
Warren joined dozens of brave philanthropists in rappelling 17 stories off the Hilton Downtown Tampa to raise money for the Big Brother Big Sisters program.
Each rappeller, dubbed "Edgers" by the charity, had to raise a minimum of $1,500 for the privilege of donning a helmet and harness and grabbing a rope for the bounce down.
Seventy-six slots were available on a first-come, first-served basis.
No rappelling or climbing experience was required for participants. The Over the Edge staff that conducted the daylong event provided technical expertise, training and equipment.
In pitching the event, the sponsors said, "The children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program will reach new heights with an adult mentor."
The charity finds adult mentors for children who need them. The local waiting list, according to the group, is in the hundreds.