newton CBS 11 News Reporter Rappels Down Fort Worth Building

CBS 11 News reporter Melissa Newton rappels down the side of a 26-story building in downtown Fort Worth on June 24, 2011. (credit: KTVT/KTXA)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A unique event in North Texas took fundraising to new heights. Daredevils and adrenaline junkies rappelled down the side of a 26-story building in downtown Fort Worth on Friday to raise money for a local nonprofit organization.

“It’s certainly not for the faint of heart,” said Andy Taft with Downtown Fort Worth Inc., the local nonprofit organization which hosted the ‘Over the Edge’ event. “But definitely for the adventurous.”

With a $1,000 donation, participants could rappel from the roof of the XTO building in Fort Worth. “I must admit, when he first told me about it, I had to think about it a little bit,” said the city’s outgoing mayor Mike Moncrief. “Chickening out – no, that wasn’t an option.”

It was also not an option for CBS 11 News reporter Melissa Newton. Although she is not a daredevil or an adrenaline junkie, she strapped on a harness just the same to take part in the experience.

“Why did I do this? Everything about this seems unnatural,” said Newton.

Leaning over the edge of the tall building, looking at the ground far below, was the worst part of the activity, Newton said. But the rest, she added, was smooth sailing. Well, except for her less-than-graceful landing, which took her into a nearby tree.

But she survived, and in one piece!

And Newton was not the only reporter to take the slow leap down the side of the 26-story building. KRLD’s Chuck Schechner joined Moncrief on the wild adventure. Click below to listen to Schechner’s audio report, featuring clips of his journey alongside Moncrief.

Money that was raised at the Friday afternoon event will go toward improvement projects in downtown Fort Worth. And the organization definitely plans on hosting the event again next year.