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On Saturday, July 18th we will be having the Kick Off event Climbing for Dollars for the United Way of Manatee County.

At the event, Tom, Valerie Bliss and Chris Vining will be rappelling from the top of Manatee County’s tallest building. That is the Bel Mare’ Condominium in Palmetto located at 120 Riviera Dunes Way. The building is 174′ tall. This event will be the beginning of the friendly competition between the climbers to see who can raise the most money for the United Way. The culmination of the event is on September 19th when the climbers will travel to Boulder Colorado to climb a 1000 foot technical rock climb at the Flat Irons or hike an extreme trail in the Rockies.

Rock Climbing for Dollars is the where a love for adventure meets a desire to meet the needs of others. It’s an event that puts into action this desire for adventure to help the United Way continue to meet the many needs in our area. It’s the opportunity to help others AND take a journey of a lifetime. Whether you wish to take part as a climber, or wish to sponsor one of our climbers, you make the difference. United Way of Manatee County understands that you really want to make a difference right here in your community. By taking part, you are investing in the our community.

Come and join the fun and see these three extreme community activists rappel Bel Mare’. The event will begin at 10:00 AM at the pool deck at Bel Mare’.

To learn more about how you can help go to our First Giving page at