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1/23/2017 Member News
World Famous Rick Wallenda to Perform Death-Defying Skywalk Over St. Pete’s Sundial


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World Famous Rick Wallenda to Perform Death-Defying Skywalk Over St. Pete’s Sundial
Flying Wallenda Family Legend will cross over the Sundial courtyard to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County

Saint Petersburg, FL (January ? 2017) – It will be one of the most daring and captivating live events in Tampa Bay history. World famous aerialist Rick Wallenda will traverse St. Pete’s Sundial on Saturday, February 11 at 5 p.m. This nail-biting act presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Flying Wallendas in St. Pete.

The event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and is open to the public. In legendary Wallenda family tradition, the third generation performer will cross the courtyard on a cable no bigger than an index finger, and without a harness or safety net. You do not want to miss this highly anticipated stunt.

The walk will begin approximately at 5 p.m. Prior to the skywalk, attendees will enjoy a variety of circus-themed performers beginning at 4 p.m. Many Sundial retailers will be participating by donating proceeds back to Habitat. Additionally, Wallenda will be available for photos in the courtyard with the public.

The Wallenda family holds multiple World Records for their stunts including, among others, the highest blindfolded tight rope (between two Chicago skyscrapers) and crossing Niagara Falls.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s greatest tightrope walkers to Sundial,” said center owner Bill Edwards. “Sundial is a gathering place for the community so it’s only fitting the event take place there. We’re also pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity as they will soon celebrate the completion of their four hundredth home. ”

“We are grateful to Bill Edwards and the Edwards Group for their partnership to bring Rick Wallenda to the people of Pinellas County,” said chief operating officer of Franklin Templeton and Habitat Pinellas board member Ronice Barlow. “What a perfect way to countdown to the highly-anticipated Habitat for Humanity Blueprint Vieux Cirque Gala at the Vinoy on Saturday, April 8, 2017! Local corporate sponsors like the Edwards Group help our community give a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ to our local families in need.”

Rick Wallenda and Habitat for Humanity CEO, Mike Sutton will be available for media interviews and photos.


About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 390 homes for struggling families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $27,000 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit