STAMFORD, Conn. — Some 50 bold souls went "Over the Edge" Wednesday, rappelling down Stamford's 22-story Infinity Building to raise more than $100,000 for the Special Olympics Connecticut.
Al Barbarotta, head of AFB Management, was glad to help set up the Stamford fundraiser. His support for the Special Olympics goes back about 25 years to when he first met David Dennin. Barbarotta's son Josh played football in Trumbull then and Dinnan, a participant in the Special Olympics, was the water boy.
“All he has to do is hug you once and you’re hooked,” Barbarotta said, adding that whenever he sees Dennin he gives him a root beer and a candy bar. His personality is “so loveable,” he said.
Helping organize the event with Barbarotta was John Freeman, vice president and general counsel for Harbor Point. The two hope they will have an even bigger event next year, not only raising more money, but using a taller building also.
One of the first up Wednesday was Stamford Superintendent of Schools Winifred Hamilton, who had to overcame her fear of heights to make it down the Infinity Building. “I can’t go up three steps on a ladder,” she said, adding that she wanted to be an example for the athletes that challenging yourself to do something new is a victory.
“I won’t say I will do it again, but I am glad I did it,” Hamilton said.