2014 marked the 5th anniversary of our stair climb event—Story by Story®. To celebrate this milestone, we are pleased to present five awards to teams and individuals who have embodied the essence of the event—harnessing the competitive spirit to help end domestic violence. We are incredibly grateful to the more than 5,000 climbers who have collectively raised over $3 million from family, friends and colleagues to support abused women and children throughout New York City.
Avenue Capital Group
- Avenue’s team was not only the top fundraiser, bringing in $68,430—the team also had the largest number of members with 98 climbers, recruiting two-thirds of the employees in their New York office to participate. Over the past five years, Avenue has been one of our most loyal and committed corporate teams, raising an astounding $245,000 for Her Justice.
Charlita C. Cardwell
- Charlita has participated in Story by Story each year since its launch in 2010. In 2011, she captained a small team of four climbers, all colleagues from the General Counsel’s Office at American Express—a team that has returned and grown every year since. In 2013 and 2014, Charlita recruited and led teams from The Links, Incorporated, a volunteer service organization where she serves as a member. As a result of these dedicated efforts, and more, Charlita helped to raise over $50,000 for Her Justice, a remarkable accomplishment.
- Jake has participated as a member of the Cravath team for three of the last five years, personally raising almost $8,000. In addition to this significant fundraising achievement, in 2012 he clocked the fastest time for 82 flights—11 minutes, 7 seconds. Jake climbed the building twice again in 2014, coming in third with a time of 12 minutes, 54 seconds for 86 flights. It seems that Jake was born to climb stairs and fundraise. We are lucky to have him as a steadfast supporter and friend.
- Hillary is a member of the 5-Year Climber club, a special group of 26 individuals who have been a part of our stair climb since its inception. In addition to her dedication to raising support, averaging $2,000 in each of the five years she has climbed, Hillary has chosen to be an Extreme Climber since 2011, wearing a 10 lb. weight belt during her climbs, paying tribute to our clients and the burdens they bear every day.
We welcomed Tishman Speyer to Story by Story in 2013 when we moved the event to 245 Park Avenue. They made a strong showing, both in terms of fundraising and speed, and returned in 2014 to claim the honor of the fastest team. Their top 10 climbers posted an average time for 43 flights of 8 minutes, 30 seconds, establishing the time to beat for 2015.