Edwards Wildman hosted an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but with a twist, on October 10. Over two weeks, attorneys and staff in the firm's Boston office "voted" via contributions for one lawyer or administrator to be dunked. The twist was the person who received the most bids would be the only one who would get wet, and all monies raised in Boston would be donated to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association. Matt McTygue, partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman's Boston office; Katrina Radochia, Secretarial Services Manager; and John Gosnell, Director of Administration volunteered to brave the icy water.
On the day of the event, individual contributors offered to double their donations if all five participants would be soaked. The volunteers good-naturedly agreed to each be doused in order to raise as much funds as possible for the cause. After all five had completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, McTygue presented the firm's donation to Lynn Aaronson, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association.
“This challenge is bigger than dumping ice water on our heads, as our family members, colleagues, and clients have been affected by this devastating disease," said McTygue. "While we all enjoyed the competition and dunking, we are more proud that we helped raise funds to research a cure."
The Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads.
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit their website at www.alsa.org.
Please watch the video of Edwards Wildman's Ice Bucket Challenge below.