2011 Fight for Air Climb Reaches New Heights at AON Center
Los Angeles, May 4, 2011 — On April 30th, the AON Center hosted the 4th Annual “Fight for Air” Climb, in support of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Lung Association in California (ALAC). Event participants climb AON Center’s 63 stories — that’s 1,377 steps – finishing on the building’s helipad.
When the final tally is compiled, approximately 600 climbers will have raised more than $200,000, making this year’s “Fight for Air” Climb the largest property-organized, charitable fund raising event in downtown Los Angeles. Since the event began, the climb has raised nearly $525,000 for the American Lung Association.
The AON Center building management team was very involved in the event-planning process, with four team members serving on the ALAC organizing committee. In addition, team members from the management office, security, janitorial and parking departments all volunteered their efforts the day of the climb, and extensive help was provided by the on-duty building engineers and security staff. Denise Tonini, security director for AON Center was in charge of “logistics” ensuring that all venue areas were properly set-up and cleaned up upon the event’s conclusion. Barrett Stone, Property Manager, and Esther Avagyan, Property Assistant, were responsible for the “hospitality” portions of the event, which included the post-climb 60th floor celebration area and the VIP tent at the street level. They also contacted various restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores to obtain donations of food for the event. Finally they organized a “kick-off” event at a local bar to help register participants. Peter Anastassiou, General Manager headed up the registration area and coordinated the volunteers for the check-in process.
The fastest time of the day was a climber that came in from Springfield, Illinois, who completed the event in eight minutes sixteen seconds. Miguel Larios, on-staff painter for AON Center was the fastest climber among building staff, coming in at just under nine minutes. Joseph Villatoro, Property Accountant, also had a noteworthy time of ten minutes fifty seconds.