WEST ORANGE, NJ – The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has made its way to Essex County as Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and several members of his executive staff took the Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. (See video below)
The Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness of ALS Association and other organizations that provide quality care for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and research to find a cure.
DiVincenzo was challenged by State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz to participate. To show Essex County’s support, DiVincenzo extended the challenge to his entire cabinet.
The ice bucket challenge was created by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who has been living with ALS since 2012, and the ALS Association. Since July 29, many celebrities and people across the country have had a bucket of ice water poured on their head to support the cause. The dare was to either donate or have ice water dumped on your head. Many celebrities are choosing to do both.
Although for a good cause, the ice bucket challenge has raised some critics across the nation when a reporter from the Long Beach Post in California estimated that the viral challenge has wasted roughly about 6 million gallons of water. With Montclair's Water Wise Conservation efforts underway, residents don't expect Montclair leadership to take on this challenge any time soon.
Yet, the supporters outnumber the critics when according to the ALS association, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" has raised over $22.9 million which is 12 times the amount raised this time last year. Roughly 30,000 people are living with ALS which affects the nervous system and leads to paralysis.