Ice Bucket Challenges: Siouxlanders Get Icy Blast, Raise Thousands For ALS Awareness


Published 08/19 2014 09:38PM

Updated 08/19 2014 10:38PM

By now, you've probably seen the videos of the ALS ice bucket challenge. It's a fad going viral on the web over the past few weeks, taking over social media.

On Tuesday, all of Siouxland was invited to raise a bucket as well as awareness for ALS.

The idea is simple. Raise awareness and money for ALS research with a challenge fundraiser.  Take the challenge? You donate and dump ice water on yourself.  Reject it? Donate even more.

Dozens of Siouxlanders took that challenge Tuesday afternoon.
Some of the folks participating in Tuesday's ice bucket challenge included city councilmembers for Sioux City, members of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors and even the mayor.

Others were there to support friends or honor a loved one dealing with the disease.

They're drenching themselves in the ice water to raise money for ALS research here in Iowa. And in less than an hour, they raised more than $1,500 dollars.

"Oh, it was fun. You know, it was a hot day and anything we can do to raise awareness - we should do it. So I'm glad we all did it," said Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott.
"Dumped three or four times, challenged three times. It was fun and it was a great awareness for the community," said Sioux City Councilmember Dan Moore.
"You know, we got hot weather out here so it felt real good. You know and they're doing it again!" said Sioux City Councilmember Rhonda Capron.

The ice bucket challenge at the Southern Hills Hy-Vee ran from 4 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.  The event raised more than $7,000... $5,000 of which came from Jim Staber and the folks at Staber Meats.

So while the challenge is fun, in the end it's all about boosting awareness for ALS.

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