Tens of dozens rappel 12 stories for non-profit

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Zach and Savannah Wheeler have a special connection to River Bend Nature Center.

Four years ago the couple said "I do" there and Saturday morning, they took another leap repelling 12 stories from the top of Big Blue in downtown Wichita Falls to support the non profit.

Savannah is now a teacher and likes taking her classes to the nature center.

"With the value that river bend holds just in service to our students and other community members is just absolutely invaluable," said Savannah Wheeler."

More than 70 people repelled, just like Zach and Savannah, some in teams while others by themselves.

Each person or team had to raise $1,000 before they could do the challenge.

The Wheelers say that was not a hard task for them thanks to the community.

"People were so supportive," said Savannah Wheeler.  "This community comes together in thing like this too and it's really neat."

The goal for River Bend Nature Center this year was $100,000.

This morning they had over $95,000 Exhibits Director, Jennica Lambert is glad to see that number.

"We've just been overwhelmed with the amount of support that we've received from all over," said Lambert.  "We've had over 700 donations for this and it's just really cool to see to see them light up when they reach their goal."

For Zach and Savannah, this event could turn into an annual date for the couple.

"I asked earlier could we go back up and do and do it again as soon as I got down," said Zach Wheeler.

River Bend Nature Center already has plans for next year.

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