CAMBRIDGE, Ohio â€“ The so-called â€śIce Bucket Challengeâ€ť has become an overnight phenomenon on Facebook and Twitter, with everyone from Matt Lauer to Lady Gaga dumping ice on their heads to raise funds for ALS research and awareness. But a group of local businesses has taken the challenge to the next level.
On Friday afternoon, community members and employees of Bi-Con Services gathered in Derwent to watch as more than 600 pounds of ice were poured from three front-loaders onto President Denny Patterson and his administrative staff. Patterson said that Bi-Con employees and a number of local business partners raised more than $19,000 for the challenge, which he agreed to match and donate:
Bear Contracting of Bridgeport and Columbia Gas were among Bi-Con's partners who donated $1,000 or more. Patterson said that donors gave more than $10,000 in less than six hours after the challenge was issued on Wednesday.
Patterson challenged Dave Caldwell of Huntington Bank, John Dunning of Dunning Motor Sales, Jerry Cowden of Jericho Mechanical, Missy Patterson of Detroit Diesel, and local attorney Andy Warhola to participate in the ALS Challenge.
You can donate to the ALS Association on their website.