Wallenda will walk the line for charity

Many kind and giving people will do a lot to help others in need, but most would probably draw the line at defying death to do so.


Many kind and giving people will do a lot to help others in need, but most would probably draw the line at defying death to do so.

That won't be the case in St. Petersburg on Feb. 11, when Rick Wallenda attempts to walk across a thin wire over the Sundial St. Pete courtyard with no safety net or harness. His derring-do will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

The walk, scheduled for 5 p.m., is open to the public, and Wallenda -- a third-generation member of the famous high-wire family -- will be available for photos with attendees.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s greatest tightrope walkers to Sundial,” Bill Edwards, owner of the Sundial shopping center, said. “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 400th home.”

The courtyard will feature a variety of circus-themed acts starting an hour before Wallenda performs. Local retails are also helping out by donating proceeds to the charity.

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