King Kong climbed down from his tower in the middle of downtown Calgary, grabbed his beautiful maiden and proposed.

Taking part in the Easter Seals Drop Zone event in Calgary on Thursday, Derek Todd, dressed as the gigantic love-forloned gorilla, rappelled down the 30-storie Sun Life Plaza's west tower in Calgary and proposed to his awaiting, and unaware, girlfriend Shaunna Undseth.

Undseth gasped as Todd, still wearing the gorilla suit, kneeled and popped the question in front of a loud, cheering crowd.

To Todd's relief, she said yes.

"The drop was fine," said Todd moments later.

The proposal, "that was more intimidating," he said.

Todd was one of more than 120 participants who dressed up in costumes and rappelled the 375 ft. from the lip of the top of the tower to the ground below.

Thursday's event was the eighth annual and is a fundraiser for the Easter Seals, which surpassed its fundraising goal before the rappelling even began, said the charity's CEO Susan Boivin.

"We aimed to raise $250,000, which was quite a bit more than last year ... but some time last night we were already in the $252,000s, and we're still building," she said.

Funds raised will go towards helping children, youth and adults with disabilities live and work independantly in the community, said Boivin.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and about to propose to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and about to propose to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and about to propose to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and proposing to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and proposing to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth. She said yes.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling and proposing to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth. She said yes.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling, proposea to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth. She said yes.

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    The ground crew warms up.

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    Derek Todd after rappelling, proposes to his girlfriend of 10 years Shaunna Undseth. She said yes.

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    The ground crew warms up.

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    Getting ready for the one big step.

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    That one big step.

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    That's a lotta rope! At the top.

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    On their way down.

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    A participant stands in front of Sun Life Plaza after rappelling.

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    Working at the top.

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    Crews work at the top.

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    Crews work at the top of the Sun Life Plaze west tower.

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    Crew work at the top of the west tower of The Sun Life Plaza.

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    Crews work on the top of the west tower of Sun Life Plaza, with The Bow on the background.

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