Knicole Emanuel Rappelling Down the Wells Fargo Building for Charity TOMORROW

Tomorrow at 11am, I will rappel down the Wells Fargo building in order to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina (which is a charitable corporation near and dear to my heart).


The Wells Fargo  building “is a 30-story 121.92 m skyscraper at 150 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina with 544,482 square feet (50,584.0 m2) of space. Completed in 1990, it was one of the downtown Raleigh’s two tallest buildings for nearly twenty years, and is currently third tallest.”  See Wikipedia.

My wonderful law firm, Williams Mullen, paid the charity fee in order to give me the opportunity to (a) raise money for the Special Olympics; and (b) rappel down a building.  My partner Mr. Fowler said, “Let me get this straight…we are paying money to put you in danger.” (I may be paraphrasing). 

🙂 Yes. But it’s for the Special Olympics!!!


1. Am I scared?  Yes.  But, actually, my biggest fear is throwing up on spectators’ heads.

2. Have I ever rappelled before?  Yes, but on a very small rock about 20 years ago.  I have no idea how to do this.

3. Am I scared of heights?  So-so.  I like to think not, but whenever I’m very high, my heart leaps up my throat.

4.  Am I insured?  Yes.

5.  Is my husband ok with this?  Yes.  I am insured.

6.  Is my daughter ok with this?  Yes.  She is 8 and very upset that she cannot rappel down herself (she measures herself daily to determine whether she meets the height requirement to ride the roller coasters at Carrowinds).

7.  Is my mother ok with this?  No.

8.  Will it be video-ed?  I did not pay for that.  My husband will have a phone and a camera.

9.  What will I do to prepare?  Nothing…remember, I have no idea what I am doing.

10.  Will I look down?  I have no idea.  I’d love to think that I will be very dramatic rappelling down…jumping far from the building and doing acrobats, but the reality is that I will probably close my eyes and pray.

So, if you would like to see me possibly throw up on your head, please be at the Wells Fargo building downtown Raleigh tomorrow at 11am.

150 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC.

About kemanuel

Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Compliance Litigator

Posted on October 4, 2013, in NC, North Carolina and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I am in Charlotte so I will not be able to see this but good luck, have fun and thanks for doing this for Special Olympics! This is great! Your FAQ made me laugh.

  2. Knicole: Good luck tomorrow. I have a conflict or I would be there to cheer you on.

    Look in the Local section of today’s N&O. There is a story about buzzards in the town of Biscoe NC. Lots of buzards are perched on a cell tower and apparently tear up roofs and cause other problems. But to your last comments about you throwing up on the heads of people watching, the buzzards do they same for people who try to harass them. Perhaps we can get some people from DHHS to come out to see you repel.

    Be safe.

    Paul Paul Dreyer Paul A. Dreyer & Associates, LLC BioPharmaceutical Commercial Consulting c: 919.740.0594

  3. Hahahaha…thanks, Paul.

  4. palladiumsubbie

    Good luck! 🙂

  5. We’ll pray for you.. 🙂
    And cheer from Frog Pond!!

  6. Jeannie Garrett

    I certainly hope you mean rappel and not repel.

    • Hahaha..Thanks, everyone! And, Jeannie, obviously, I know nothing about rappelling if I cannot even spell it. Thanks for the catch. But maybe I meant I was wardiung off the building:)

  7. Ouch that might hurt bit go for it girl you r great

    Sent from my iPhone

  8. I thought you were fearless- now I know it is true! You go girl! What a great way to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics. You will NOT FALL- just keep your feet in front of you so not to bump into the building. Good Luck! Anita T.

  9. Heather Griffin

    Good luck Knicole.

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