Flagler Beach man to spend 45 hours in boom lift for fundraiser

The fundraiser for Bunnell Elementary School will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach.

The Flagler Beach Pier. Photo by Sierra Williams
The Flagler Beach Pier. Photo by Sierra Williams
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A Flagler Beach man has committed to spending 45 hours 40 feet in the air to raise money, school supplies and food for Bunnell Elementary School students.

Chris Dalessio, 49, will be suspended in a boom lift at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. Local volunteers and business have come together to help make this Perch-A-Thon possible, he said, with several donating time or materials.

Residents can donate to the fundraiser in person during the Perch-A-Thon or at its GoFundMe page: “Perch-A-Thon for Bunnell Elementary School.”

Dalessio said his church, Salty Church in Flagler Beach, adopted BES as its project school, but it wasn’t until he talked to the former BES Principal Marcus Sanfilippo about the school’s $15,000 in unpaid lunches he knew how to help.

“Being a Christian, I just felt in my heart that I needed to do something,” Dalessio said. “I’m ready to go.”

Dalessio said the GoFundMe has a $25,000 goal and he hopes to fill a U-Haul with nonperishable food and school supplies. While Dalessio stays aloft, his wife, Ann-Marie, will run other events in the park.


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