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    City businesses being asked to help cover Wallenda costs

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Businesses in Niagara Falls are being asked to help foot the bill for Nik Wallenda’s wirewalk.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati confirmed Friday he has asked the “bigger” business improvement areas in the city to donate money toward Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge June 15.

    Wallenda, who will become the first person to ever perform the stunt, has said the cost of the event has turned out to be more than $1.2 million — $200,000 higher than he was first expecting.

    Last week, the 33-year-old American performer set up a fundraising page on IndieGoGo.com, with the goal of raising $50,000. As of Friday afternoon, he had raised just over $7,000.

    But after Wallenda criticized some of the businesses in Niagara Falls for profiting off his walk without paying him anything, Diodati approached the city’s BIAs, which are organizations funded by businesses in specific geographic areas of the city.

    The mayor said the city has a committee working on the project and this was one of the ideas suggested.

    “We are strategizing on ways to raise money for this event. The money is geared to go toward expenses of putting on the event.”

    The BIAs have been asked to come up with $25,000 each and the overall goal is to raise about $250,000.

    Sleep Cheap off to rousing start

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One of the city’s top fundraising promotions is off to its usual hot start.

    Founder Jim Diodati says hotel phone lines were buzzing Monday for the first day of bookings for Sleep Cheap Charities Reap. By Tuesday, five of the 28 properties taking part were sold out.

    “The first day there were approximately 1,200 rooms booked,” says Diodati, the two-term city councilor making a bid for the mayor’s seat Monday night.

    “It’s up from last year for the number of rooms booked … but we have more rooms (available) this year.”

    A few “big players” like the Great Wolf Lodge and Fallsview Casino Resort joined the event this year. Originated by Diodati as a way for local residents to enjoy the city’s amenities while helping out local charities, it has raised more than $700,000 its first five years.

    Casino to host rappelling for 150 daredevils

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    From the Buffalo News:

    If you’ve always wanted to step off the roof of a 26-story building and live to tell about it, here’s your chance.

    Seneca Niagara Hotel will host a fundraising rappelling event for Special Olympics of New York on July 29. As many as 150 people will be allowed to use ropes to make their way down the side of the building behind the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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