Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Rappels Off High-Rise

Mayor Michael Nutter took the plunge Thursday -- off the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper.

Nutter joined dozens of others including various other local dignitaries and celebrities as they rappelled off the side One Logan Square along the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City Thursday to raise money for a local charity.

Nutter’s drop from the 31-story high-rise was part of Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s “Building Adventure” fundraiser. Proceeds from the event helped support Philadelphia school programs, according to organizers.

Nutter, who participated in the same event last year, battled rain and wind while carefully making his way down the side of the building around 2 p.m.

"The wind certainly makes a big, big difference," said Nutter.

The event, which also features descents by sports mascots, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta and state Rep. Brian, helped Outward Bound reach its goal of $250,000.

During his plunge, Nutter seemed to have trouble going straight down.

"The rope just seems a little bit heavier and a little harder to stay where you want," said Nutter.

Nutter said he never worried about his safety.

Participants in the event had to raise at least $2,000 each for the charity, according to organizers.

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