NCCC pres­i­dent rap­pels for fundraiser

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Win­sted >> North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege pres­i­dent Michael A. Rooke will tap into his ad­ven­tur­ous side when he rap­pels 111 feet down the side of Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers on Satur­day, Sept. 16. This event, the first of its kind in the north­west cor­ner, is in sup­port of three non-prof­its within the re­gion: Prime Time House, North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil, and North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion.

“As some­one who rel- ishes chal­lenges, this was some­thing that I could not pass up the op­por­tu­nity to do,” says Rooke. ‘It is very daunt­ing – to rap­pel down 14 sto­ries — cer­tainly some­thing I have never tried be­fore.”

The event, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce, is spon­sored by Sharon Hospi­tal, PACGroup LLC, O&G In­dus­tries, Inc., and Health Quest, with ad­di­tional sup­port from Crys­tal Rock Water, Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hospi­tal, and Litchfield Dis­tillery.

More than 40 peo­ple have signed up for the chal­lenge but the non-prof­its are hop­ing to see 100 Edgers or Teams of Edgers sign up. Rooke has met the pledge goal of $1,000 re­quired to do the de­scent but has set a per­sonal pledge goal of $1,500.

“I’d like to ask peo­ple to pledge in sup­port of this cause - and I also chal­lenge any­one else who is crazy enough to do this, to do it with me,” says Rooke.

Rooke, who has been NCCC pres­i­dent since 2015, says he is happy to pro­mote all three of the non-prof­its this event is sup­port­ing. “The sev­eral years I have been at NCCC, I have wit­nessed the pos­i­tive im­pact each of th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions has had on our com­mu­ni­ties,” he says. “It is im­por­tant to me that the col­lege be an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in sup­port­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity, and this should be a fun way to do so. I amhope­ful that the com­mu­nity will sup­port me as I put it all on the line to raise funds for three im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Prime Time House, Inc. is lo­cated in Tor­ring­ton but ser­vices all of Litch- field County, work­ing with adults with men­tal ill­ness to help fos­ter in­de­pen­dent liv­ing through em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and hous­ing.

The North­west Con­necti­cut Arts Coun­cil is a non­profit, non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes arts and cul­ture to a 25-town ser­vice area and sur­round­ings, of­fer­ing work­shops, news­let­ters, op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists, and more.

The North­west Con­necti­cut Cham­ber of Com­merce Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion was founded in 2007 and pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional and schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion, as well as sup­port for pro­grams in­clud­ing Lead­er­ship North­west, Read Aloud, and the WOW! Fo­rum.

The all-day event will be held at Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers, 52 Sum­mers Street, Tor­ring­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate and sup­port an Edger visit https:// otecwe.com/nwcon­necti­cut/.

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North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege pres­i­dent Michael A. Rooke will tap into his ad­ven­tur­ous side when he rap­pels 111 feet down the side of Tor­ring­ton Tow­ers on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, 2017.

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