Rochester, NY As part of the 10th Annual Seneca Waterways Council “21 Stories For Scouts” rappelling event on May 31st, Kelly Jones, Martin Koegst, Keith Shugerts, Scott Burslem, Arika Mastin and Tim Levine accepted the challenge to defy gravity by rappelling around 21 stories down the historic Kodak Tower downtown to support the Seneca Waterways Council Urban Scouting program.
“I was never in the Scouts, but having spent time in the service, I know the importance of developing leadership skills and strong values, and the Scouts definitely does both,” said TAYLOR project manager, Martin Koegst. “I’m glad to help raise funds for a great cause that benefits the Rochester area…and I get a pretty cool picture of myself rappelling down Kodak Tower!”
“I am excited and proud that Essex Hotel Management is partnering with Taylor to support the Scouts with this extraordinary event,” said Scott Burslem, director of finance and accounting at Essex. “To be able to support the Scouts, who prepares and educates kids on life lessons, Keith and I are grateful for all that have sponsored us as we officially went over the edge.”
All six participants enjoyed supporting this event for the first time, while TAYLOR as a company has supported since 2012. Joining together for one common goal on the city’s skyline was current TAYLOR project manager, Martin Koegst, and current Empire project manager assistant, Kelly Jones. Development partners Keith Shugerts, director of hotel development, and Scott Burslem, director of finance and accounting, represented Essex Hotel Management. Tim Levine, business banking relationship manager at ESL Federal Credit Union, and Arika Mastin, account representative at ImageNow by Mahar, also joined the team.
In addition to TEAM TAYLOR, more than 100 local business leaders and scout supporters took advantage of this unique fundraising event. Donations go directly toward underwriting outreach programs for urban youth in the city, including over 40+ after-school programs and summer camp experiences.
The Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 11,000 young people each year with leadership and character development programs that change lives and help prepare young people for life.
For more information on the event, to donate, or learn how you can rappel Kodak Tower next year, visit www.21StoriesForScouts.org.