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Ice Bucket Challenge Draws Crowd

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:39:00 PM Categories: Press Releases

Hays County

Ice Bucket Challenge 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Ice Bucket Challenge, held September 2 on the grounds of the County Courthouse in San Marcos, drew more than 100 participants and well-wishers, many of whom took an ice dunking to draw attention to the need to find a cure for ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. Elected officials, County employees, members of the Hays County Historical Commission and area residents helped themselves to buckets provided by McCoy’s Building Supply to raise awareness and research funds.

The challenge was in memory of former Hays County Commissioner Bill Burnett’s wife, Charelle, who passed away at age 39 from the disease, which strikes randomly across geographies, genders and races.

County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., issued a challenge to his counterparts in Lee County, while Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley issued a challenge to neighboring Caldwell County’s Commissioners Court to hold Ice Bucket Challenges of their own.

Judge Cobb also raised $500 for ALS by auctioning off his own Ice Bucket Challenge to the highest bidder – the Judge will set a date to take the challenge himself. Kate Johnson, chair of the Hays County Historical Commission, generously bid on that challenge. Total donations to the ALS Association from today’s challenge are still being tallied.