WRAL and friends take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted August 14, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014

— The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the social media phenomenon that sees civilians and celebrities getting doused and asking friends to give to fund research and awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has taken root among Triangle sports figures and the media.

Earlier this week, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski got dumped on by his grandchildren and former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward got a Zamboni full of icy slush dumped on him by team mascot Stormy.

Then on Thursday morning, our own Jeff Gravley took the challenge.

Who will be next?

Each challenge inspires more and results in more giving to the ALS Association.

Nationwide, the group has seen $7 million come in over the past three weeks, a figure almost quadruple the total from the same period a year ago.

WRAL and Fox 50 have pledged a donation to the ALS Association, but that didn't keep our people from lining up for their chance to take the challenge.  

In front of the WRAL fountain, Monica Laliberte took the challenge to get wet.

Sloane Heffernan's children climbed a play structure to douse her with water.

Bill Leslie compared his ALC Ice Bucket Challenge to a bracing dip in the river.


Lynda Loveland took the IceBucketChallenge on WRAL News on Fox 50.

She got wet in honor of our friend Chris Rosati, who asked us to channel all donations to the Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association.

WRAL's Debra Morgan also took time Friday to take the Ice Bucket Challenge at the ALS Association.

Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel showed he isn't afraid of a little cold – water that is.


Gerald Owens' daughter Sydney got to douse her dad.

WRAL General Manager Steve Hammel does the honors for Bruce Mildwurf.

620 The Buzz radio hosts  Mark Thomas and Mike Maniscalco also took the challenge and were answered by Joe Ovies and Adam Gold, afternoon hosts on 99.9 FM The Fan. 

The Durham Bulls have taken the plunge as well, and the team pledged at $1,000 donation to ALS.

Even politicians are getting into the act. Thom Tillis, speaker of the House at the North Carolina state legislature, took a break from negotiations Thursday to get dunked.

NC Congresswoman Renee Ellmers did hers at North Carolina State University.

Will you join us in this worthy cause? Donate online, take the challenge or both.

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  • Reuben Davis Aug 18, 2014

    Stunts and fads like this just trivialize the disease. People who are doing this have no idea of what ALS is about, Awareness may be great but knowledge is greater, and knowledge is where we are lacking. People are doing this are more doing it for their own egos rather than really helping folks out. Heck, I bet people are spending more $$$ on ice than donations for this cause. I say just give $$$. [url][/http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/08/12/icebucketchallenge_you_don_t_need_an_ice_bucket_to_donate_to_als_research.htmlurl]