Dave Landolt climbed atop the 40-foot high John Wildi Masonic Temple at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. And there he stayed — for three days.
A member of the Highland Masonic Lodge, Landolt’s 72-hour camp out raised money for three charities:
▪ The Illinois Masonic Children’s Home (www.imckids.org), which provides a safe and nurturing environment for children who are unable to care for themselves due to various family or home conditions. There are homes in LaGrange and Murphysboro, Ill.
▪ HIS KIDS Inc. (www.his-kids-inc.org), a Highland-based charity that supports families from the time a child is diagnosed with cancer throughout their treatment.
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▪ And the John Wildi Masonic Temple, which was built in 1893. The building is a historic landmark in the city of Highland. The Masons provide for the maintenance and repair of the facility, in addition to the Masonic Lodge’s other charitable activities.
After consulting the lodge’s insurance company and Highland Police Department, Landolt, who has more than 30 years experience atop buildings working as an inspector, with the assistance of Keith Korte, prepped the roof for his stay. The area was roped off to prevent strolling a little too far. A lawn chair, sleeping bag, radio and bucket of miscellaneous items were also brought in to make his stay more comfy.
While alone on his perch, he was not forgotten. During his stay, Landolt was assisted by David Kobersky and a number of others below in the building. Sam’s Pizza & Pub in Highland also delivered an evening pizza and salads for all present.
Day one was nice, Landolt said.
“With only a sleeping bag, sleeping on the roof the first night was wonderful,” he said.
The next two, not so much.
“Rain Friday and Saturday evenings and nights made the event a little more challenging. Even with a small pup tent, a wet sleeping bag was inevitable,” he said.
But, the final outcome was well worth it. More than $4,300 was raised.
Landolt said the wanted to send out a special thank you to “all who participated.”