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Texas Volunteers Climb 952 Steps to Raise Funds for the CF Foundation  

April 14, 2011 

Tower Climb & Run Volunteer Leaders 
Volunteer leaders of the Lone Star Chapter’s Tower Climb & Run helped this year’s event set new attendance and fundraising records, with nearly 1,000 stair-climb participants and more than $115,000 raised. From left: Committee members Dave Bartell and Jennifer Boland, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, chapter executive director Hugh H. Farr and Dawn Solinski from the San Antonio Fire Department.
In late February, nearly 1,000 friends of the Lone Star Chapter raced to the top of the tallest observation tower in the Southwest for the 26th annual Tower  Climb & Run — the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s oldest climb event. 

The 952 steps of San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas — which was built for the 1968 World’s Fair by a family affected by cystic fibrosis — make it the perfect place for hosting the athletic challenge that raised more than $115,000 to support the CF Foundation’s search for a cure.

“It was an awesome sight to see all of the people from across the San Antonio community, the state of Texas and even from places across the country participating in this event that benefits the CF community,” said chapter executive director Hugh H. Farr. 

Presented by Tesoro, the event included stair-climbing teams of San Antonio fire fighters, local police officers, employees of corporations, family teams and many more of the Southwest’s leaders in the battle against cystic fibrosis.

San Antonio Fire Fighters
San Antonio fire fighters took on all 952 steps of the Tower of the Americas building with more than 100 extra pounds of full bunker gear, including a mask, air tank, ax and fire protection clothing.

The Lone Star Chapter would like to thank the event committee: 
  • Jade Alexander
  • Nerissa Atkinson
  • Jean Axtell
  • Dave Bartell
  • Carmen Benavides
  • Jennifer Boland
  • Regina Delgado
  • Patty Gamboa
  • Nick Gomez
  • Nina Owens
  • DJ Perez
  • Carlton Quick
  • Peter Ray
  • Tony Rodriguez
  • Roger Soler

And its corporate sponsors:

  • Austin Western Railroad
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • Bud Light
  • Capital Group Companies
  • CIMA Hospice
  • ElectroMed
  • Frost Bank
  • HEB
  • Hill Country Bakery
  • San Antonio Credit Union
  • The San Antonio Express-News
  • San Antonio Firefighters Association
  • San Antonio Police Officers Association
  • The San Antonio Spurs
  • Tesoro
  • University Transplant Center
  • Valero

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.