SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Professional athletes, local leaders, celebrities, and adventure enthusiasts raised a record $330,000 in scholarship funds at last month’s 2019 City Skyline Challenge, rappelling from the largest hotel on the West Coast – the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Outward Bound California’s (OBCA)’s signature annual event raises essential scholarship funds for veterans and local students from under-resourced communities to experience Outward Bound California’s life-changing leadership education programs.
The event would not be possible without the essential support of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, whose incredible location and dedicated event team help make this event a success every year. The 2019 event also benefitted from generous support from Summit Sponsors GoPro, Planet Granite, and James Wyatt, as well as support provided by Goodby Silverstein and Partners, Fort Point Capital Partners, AT&T, Adidas Terrex, Lark, Mountain Camp, and Wetherby Asset Management.
Our 2019 VIP Rappellers included:
- Kai Lightner, Professional Rock Climber
- Matt Galland, Outdoor Enthusiast and BYU Professor
- Caroline Gleich, Professional Ski Mountaineer, Adventurer, and Activist
- Sister Roma, Activist and Member of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Sister Golda Lox, Activist and Member of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Sourdough Sam, San Francisco 49ers Mascot
- Chase Reinford, Pilot, Adventurer and GoPro Family Member
- Tim Humphreys, Professional Snowboarder and GoPro Athlete
- Teigan Nash, TV Presenter, Traveler, and GoPro Family Member
- Jake Rich, YouTuber, Filmer, Traveler, and GoPro Family Member
- Ryan Robinson, Professional Slackliner and GoPro Family Member
- Tatiana Serur, Athlete, World Traveler, GoPro Family Member
- Tanya Vanthuyne, GoPro Family Member
This unique event empowers participants to help change the lives of students by challenging themselves, discovering firsthand what Outward Bound students discover every day on-course — that they are capable of achieving more than they thought possible.
About Outward Bound California and the 2019 City Skyline Challenge
Outward Bound California is a nonprofit educational organization and expedition school offering educational programs that challenge students to develop leadership, character, and a desire to serve in their schools, communities and showcase their inner strength in their careers. Outward Bound California is deeply committed to opening up access for all students and facilitating effective community partnerships, which is why:
- Two in three Outward Bound California students receive scholarships to participate in their programs.
- Outward Bound California provides over 12,000 days of outdoor leadership education to students across the Bay Area and California annually.
- Outward Bound California students consistently demonstrate strong growth in measurable outcomes and areas of leadership, character, environmental stewardship, and the development of an ethic of service.
- More than 16,000 students have taken part in Outward Bound California programs in partnership with public schools and student-serving nonprofits, including: San Francisco International High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Visitacion Valley Middle School; Leadership Public Schools, Urban Promise Academy and Bret Harte Middle School; Richmond’s Yes Nature to Neighborhoods, Friends of the Urban Forest, Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters of LA, Summer Search, Larkin Street Youth Services, and dozens upon dozens of others.
Learn more at www.outwardboundcalifornia.org.
About Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square is uniquely positioned at the center of San Francisco’s three most distinctive neighborhoods, namely Union Square, SOMA and The Tenderloin. Each of these culturally, unique-to-San Francisco destinations features the city’s most popular attractions, including theaters, shopping, restaurants, cable cars, jazz clubs, museums, and speakeasies.
While the city outside of the hotel’s front door has a great buzz, the interior of the property is also alive with the same high-energy pulse that brings San Francisco to life for visitors from all over the world. From the time of arrival, guests feel the excitement of what native San Franciscans call, reverently, “The City.” Home to convention goers, families, tourists and the travel trade, the Hilton campus also includes a variety of restaurants and lounges, including the rooftop 46th floor Cityscape lounge and the street side Urban Tavern restaurant as well as the neighboring Parc 55 Hilton for a total of almost 3,000 guest rooms and eight food and beverage outlets in a two-block complex.
Learn more at www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.