Brian Cashman is going through with it. Twenty-two stories, straight down, with Santa Claus by his side. The event is called Heights & Lights in downtown Stamford, and the Yankees general manager is eager to play his part.
“I’m a Stamford guy, and it’s an honor to participate in such a special Holiday family event for the community,” Cashman said in a statement released by the team. “‘Heights and Lights’ is designed to draw the people of Stamford and its surrounding neighborhoods together, drum up interest in its downtown businesses and celebrate the holiday season.
“I’ve been leaving milk and cookies for Santa for some time now, but this year I wanted to take a more active role in assisting him. As an elf, you have to be willing to build toys, wrap presents, prepare reindeer for flight, or rappel off buildings for Santa. I take my role as an elf seriously because there are a lot of children out there counting on him.”
Silly? Maybe. But give Cashman credit for being willing to do something like this for the community.
** Here’s a press release from Stamford **
Heights & Lights returns to Stamford Downtown on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. when Santa and his friends will once again make their grand rappel down the 22 stories of Stamford’s Landmark Building, for Rappelling Santa presented by Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp. See the King 4th Grade and Middle School Singers & The King Children’s Orchestra as we watch the exciting descent, featuring Guest Elf Rappeller, Brian Cashman, General Manager of the NY Yankees followed by a spectacular Fireworks Display!
After the rappel, Santa’s busy holiday schedule will take him straight up Bedford Street to Latham Park where he will join the Stamford Community in the lighting of the Holiday Tree, donated by Bartlett Tree Company at First County Bank’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with Broadway Star Dan Micciche in a Holiday Sing-along.
Heights & Lights has become a tradition in the city. The event is sponsored by First County Bank, Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp., The Advocate, 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, 1400 WSTC/1350 WNLK, Bartlett Tree Company and Happyhaha.com and brought to you by The City of Stamford and The Stamford Downtown Special Services District. THIS EVENT IS FREE!
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