The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation is a non profit organization set up in honor of NYC firefighter Stephen Siller who gave his life on September 11, 2001. The Organization raises money for firefighters, first responders, and military veterans who have been injured in the line of duty. They accomplish this by holding walk and run events around the country to symbolize the actual run Stephen Siller made on 9/11/01 when he ran from Brooklyn through the battery tunnel and to ground zero with 60lbs of firefighting gear on his back.
Several years ago I became involved with this amazing organization and have been able to lend my skills in live events and theatrical lighting to them for their Big Pasta Dinner the night before the NYC foot race. The most challenging part of this event is that it takes place on a rooftop garden in lower Manhattan. This means that every piece of equipment has to fit into a standard elevator. Another big challenge for this event is working with all the different entities involved which include building management, security, multiple vendors, inspectors, authorities, etc. All the hard work that goes into this event is absolutely worth it though when you get to meet the brave men and women who are benefiting from it.