Sheriff drops 32 stories for the Special Olympics

From staff reportsOctober 17, 2013 

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews rappel from the roof of the 400-foot tall Wells Fargo Capitol Center building.

PAUL STACKHOUSE — COURTESY OF PAUL STACKHOUSE

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews didn’t think it could be done.

When deputies approached him in August and asked if he would rappel 32 stories down the side of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center in Raleigh to support the Special Olympics, Andrews said he would do it, but he didn’t think deputies could raise the required $1,000 for him to participate.

“I was wrong,” Andrews said. “We raised $1,000 in only 13 days and another $200 in the following weeks. I was surprised, but also very pleased to see such generous support for Special Olympics from employees of my office and community members and local businesses.”

In exchange for raising $1,200, Andrews earned the right to rappel from the roof of the 400-foot tall Wells Fargo Capitol Center building during the Oct. 5 Over the Edge -Raleigh event.

“It took me about 10 minutes to go from the top to the ground,” Andrews said. “Rappelling isn’t easy, so it was nice to take a few breaks on the way down to rest and take in the great view.”

Two days later, Andrews attended the ninth annual Special Olympics Durham County Golf Tournament that was played at Hope Valley Country Club. The Sheriff’s Office was the official host of the tournament and partnered with Durham Parks and Recreation to coordinate the event.

More than 40 golfers endured wet, rainy weather Oct. 7 to compete in the tournament which raised nearly $6,000 for Special Olympics Durham County. The annual tournament is the largest fundraiser of the year for Durham County Special Olympics and the funds support more than 500 Durham County athletes.

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