Pleasanton local and CBS 5 journalist, Juliette Goodrich, made a leap of faith over the edge of the Planet Hollywood building in Las Vegas on Oct. 12 at an event to raise money for Special Olympics programs in the Bay Area.
Goodrich says the goal was to raise money to keep special needs athletic sports programs continuing in public schools. Goodrich has participated in numerous events for Special Olympics like the polar plunges in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco where she braved the chilly waters for charity and the celebrity ski race in Tahoe each year.
As for this latest charity endeavor... Goodrich admits, "Over the edge was terrifying and gratifying. However, I knew when my feet safely touched down on the ground I'd be congratulated by Special Olympics athletes with huge smiles! They truly are special because they smile!"
Goodrich is the author of three children's books including her most recent book, I Am Special Because I Smile, which was inspired by her work with the Special Olympics athletes. The proceeds of her book sales benefit charity.
Goodrich helps to raise funds for many charitable causes in the Tri-Valley including Pleasanton Partners in Education and Dublin Partners in Education.