The Southampton Town Board, accompanied by Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, as well as Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings accepted The Press’ challenge on Thursday in great form and good humor, getting doused with ice water for a good cause.
The Town Board extended the Ice Bucket Challenge to all the village mayors in the township, while Chief Cummings extended the challenge to the Southampton Town Police, the Southampton Village Board and the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance.
So far, there has been no comment from the East Hampton Town Board.
Staff members of the The Press News Group, which publishes The Southampton Press, Eastern and Western Editions, The East Hampton Press and 27east.com were the latest in a multitude of participants to take part in the viral social media video sensation known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which participants pour buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness for the ALS Association.
After being challenged by the staff of the Riverhead-News Review on Tuesday, the Press staffers as a group on Wednesday, just after noon, stood in the parking lot of the paper’s offices in Southampton while Perry Delalio Jr., president of Delalio Coal & Stone Co. Inc. dumped a pay-loader full of water and 25 bags of ice on their heads.
The social media phenomenon, which took root earlier this summer, involves participants—within 24 hours of being challenged—video recording themselves announcing their acceptance of the challenge, pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging other people to do the same. Those challenged have a day to complete their own challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Foundation, although most people make the donation as well. As of Wednesday, the ALS Association had received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year—directly attributable to the challenge.
After completing the challenge, which was posted to the 27east Facebook page, the Press staffers challenged the members of the Southampton Town Board, the East Hampton Town Board and the Southampton Village Police Department to complete the challenge.
The ALS Association raises money for research and patient services, promotes awareness about and advocates in state and federal government on issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For more information, visit http://www.alsa.org.