Getting friends and family to participate in a challenge that requires you to have a bucket of ice water dumped over your head is one thing, but if you can get the attention of a celebrity or politician, well that's a whole new ballgame. But that's what happened to the Mayor of Houston.
Mayor Annise D. Parker was challenged by the likes of the Houston Dynamo, morning talk radio personalities Roula & Ryan (of 104 KRBE), and me. That's right, I challenged the Mayor to dump a bucket of ice water on her head. The question that some of you may be wondering is why? Well, that's easy. When I'm not writing articles for Examiner, I'm a city employee. More directly, I work for the Mayor's Office.
While getting challenged by sports teams and radio personalities is nice, I think I'm the first city employee to issue her a challenge.
And why not?
There are so many videos posted to YouTube and Facebook that are of little consequence. Don't get me wrong - cat videos are fun. Plus, it's not like much awareness was being spread when people were "planking" on various objects. At least the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is spreading awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) and raising tons of money in the process.
Since the challenge started at the end of July, more than $10 million has been raised for The ALS Association. What began as a grass roots movement around the United States has grown, thanks to social media, to reach beyond friends and family to have the challenge directed at entertainers (late-night host Jimmy Fallon and wrestler Triple H are among those who have participated) and now political figures are getting involved.
With the city of Houston known for its heat and humidity, what better way to cool off than with a bucket of ice water?
Watch the video above and see how Mayor Annise Parker responds to the challenge that myself, the Houston Dynamo and Roula & Ryan have laid out.
If you feel like you've been left out of the challenge by not being tagged from friends and family, you can always start your own chain and spread the challenge to others, or you can make a donation to The ALS Association, or you can do both!