Chilly challenge: Locals raise money for ALS research

Written by Gillian Smith
 | Wednesday, 13 August 2014 17:16

 The Ice Bucket Challenge has arrived in Duxbury, as locals accept a chilly challenge.


The Duxbury Police Department posted a video on its Twitter account Monday morning of 13 officers pouring buckets of ice water over themselves. The unusual video is part of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising and awareness campaign for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Syndrome 

The challenge, which has been around for months, has gone viral in the Greater Boston area in the past month as Pete Frates, former Boston College baseball captain who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, challenged his friends to either dump a bucket of ice water on their heads on donate $100 to ALS research.

The Ice Bucket Challenge requires participants to video tape themselves doing the challenge and nominating friends to participate, as well. The catch: nominees have 24 hours to complete the challenge, or they have to donate. As the word spreads across social media, friends have challenged friends, and brave participants have nominated celebrities such as Jim- my Fallon, members of the Kennedy family and even the president.

As members of the Duxbury Police Department took an icy break from their duties, across town another group was preparing for their own icy blast. Verc Enterprises president Leo Vercollone, vice president Paul Vercollone, director of operations Barry Ahern and CFO Jim Fitzgerald accepted the challenge in Hall’s Corner, dumping buckets of icy water over their heads in front of the Dunkin Donuts.

While many question whether the challenge has all been for show, instead of actually raising money for ALS, the ALS Association has raised over $1.3 million nationally between July 20 and Aug. 11. Last year during that time, just $22,000 was raised for the foundation. 

After completing the challenge, Duxbury police challenged the Marshfield Police Department to participate in the challenge and raise awareness for ALS.