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80-Year-Old Trader Joe's Man to Rappel Off 36-Story Bonaventure Hotel


80-year-old Leroy Watson, the first employee of Trader Joe's, Southern California's well-known specialty grocery stores, will rappel from the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA on Friday October 5 as a lead contributor in this year's hair-raising fund raiser for the Los Angeles Boy Scouts of America.

Los Angeles, CA, October 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- 80-year-old Leroy Watson, the first employee of Trader Joe's, Southern California's well-known specialty grocery stores, will rappel from the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA on Friday October 5 as a lead contributor in this year's hair-raising fund raiser for the Los Angeles Boy Scouts of America.

This event, appropriately called “Over the Edge” has proven to be the main fund-raiser for these L.A. Boy Scouts who are receiving a top-notch addendum to their education through the on-going and rigorous training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. “The Scouts have had such a positive effect on my own life throughout the years,” stated Watson, “and they still strive to teach our kids some of the most useful skills and values that will undoubtedly benefit them throughout their lives.”

At least 60 people have signed up to support this local Scouting group by raising funds and rappelling over the edge of the near 36-story Bonaventure Hotel. After attending the event last year on the ground, Leroy Watson decided that he wanted to go “Over the Edge” this year as a gift to himself for his 80th birthday. Earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout in his youth, Watson is happy to go “Over the Edge” to help these kids to get a positive start in life.

The event will run from 10am to 6pm on Friday October 5th at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. It will be kicked off by L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, who will begin with a special tribute by 2 men, James Huang and David Takakawa, by sending them over the edge blindfolded to support their friend Brian Tom's Blind Start, an advocacy group for the visually impaired. Blind Start is partnering with the LABSA (Los Angeles Boy Scouts of America) to promote the Boy Scouts' “Disabilities Awareness” merit badge.

“It seems to be difficult for today's kids to focus on their life-building skills,” added Watson, “and the Scouts are still an important way to not only build skills, but also to begin building their resumes, because many of today's employers still acknowledge the hard work and dedication that these kids put into attaining their merit badges.”

For more information, please visit www.OTEscouts.org.

Note to the Media: Members of the Media may go “Over the Edge” at no charge on Thursday October 4th from 1-4pm. Interested members please contact:
Tri Fritz, Director of Annual Giving: (213) 413-4400 x313
or email: tri.fritz@boyscoutsla.org
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Boy Scouts L.A.
Tri Fritz
213-413-4400 x312
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www.otescouts.org
Patty Civalleri
1-Take MultiMedia
310-384-5664

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