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Honorary starters will be Carmella Raguso and Rebecca Briggs, whose husbands were killed in the line of duty in Iraq

New York, NY, Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, announced Monday that it had opened registration for the Fifth Annual Tunnel to Towers Climb NYC at One World Observatory at One World Trade Center. 

Since 2015, participants from around the world have joined first responders, veterans and catastrophically injured service members on prosthetic legs to climb 104-stories – 2,226 steps to reach the finish line at the top of the One World Observatory.   

Once again this year, the event is part of the Vertical World Circuit, an annual race up the tallest buildings in the world. Elite climbers from around the globe will race to the top of the building that symbolizes strength, hope and the resiliency of the American spirit. The event is limited to 1000 participants,  so it is imperative to register now to secure a spot in this year’s climb.

The entry fee for all participants is $100 and there is a mandatory $250 minimum fundraising requirement. Money raised from this event will support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation and the Captain Billy Burke Jr. Foundation

The honorary starters for this year’s Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC will be Carmella Raguso and Rebecca Briggs, widows of two American heroes lost in Iraq. 

Tech Sgt. Dashan Briggs and Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso were members of the 106th Air National Guard. Briggs and Raguso were lost in March 2018 when their helicopter crashed in Iraq. Following the deaths of these two heroes, Tunnel to Towers paid off the mortgages on both families’ homes as part of the Foundation’s Gold Star Family Home Program.

To learn more about the climb and register for the event go to 

Watch highlights from the 2018 Tunnel to Towers Climb NYC at One World Observatory at One World Trade Center. 

ABOUT THE STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION: The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001. The Foundation continues Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s military and first responders and their families. To date, the Foundation has spent over $100 million to support those who sacrificed protecting our country. To learn more go to 

ABOUT THE CAPT. BILLY BURKE JR. FOUNDATION: The Foundation honors the heroism of FDNY Capt. Billy Burke Jr., who sacrificed his life on 9/11 to save others, and supports and honors the sacrifices of our military men and women devoted to protect our freedoms.


CONTACT: Catherine Christman
Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation 
(803) 240-5863
[email protected]

Trevor Tamsen
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
(916) 524-0941
[email protected]

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