WASHINGTON (8/22/14)--The Ice Bucket Challenge that's sweeping the nation to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) continued to make its way through the credit union movement Thursday, as Credit Union National Association interim President/CEO Bill Hampel had not one, but two buckets of ice water dumped on his head in Washington, D.C.
|John Magill, CUNA executive vice president of government affairs, left, douses the trade association's interim President/CEO Bill Hampel Thursday as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. See video of the event, below. (CUNA Photo)|
For those unaware, individuals are invited to participate in the fundraising effort by someone who has already completed the challenge, which requires someone to take a video of themselves having ice water dumped on them and then to upload the video onto social media.
After the challenge has been completed, the person nominates several more participants, who then have 24 hours to complete the challenge or pay $100 to the ALS Association (ALSA).
So far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $41.8 million nationwide, according to ALSA. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
CUNA also continues to be a strong supporter of the National Credit Union Foundation, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Credit Unions For Kids campaign.
Patrick Conway, president/CEO of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, and the entire Credit Union Association of New York challenged Hampel.
Hampel then challenged four new people, including Bill Cheney, president/CEO, SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif., with $10.3 billion in assets; Jill Tomalin, CUNA executive vice president/chief operating officer in Madison, Wis.; John Worth, chief economist at the National Credit Union Administration; and Cam Fine, president/CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
John Magill, CUNA executive vice president of government affairs, and Ryan Donovan, CUNA senior vice president of legislative affairs, got into the spirit of the day as well when they became the subjects of surprised dousings.